jerky

1 of 2

adjective

jerkier; jerkiest
1
a
: moving along with or marked by fits and starts
b
: characterized by abrupt transitions
2
jerkily adverb
jerkiness noun

jerky

2 of 2

noun

jer·​ky ˈjər-kē How to pronounce jerky (audio)
: jerked meat

Examples of jerky in a Sentence

Adjective The movie was jerky and hard to watch. made jerky progress walking with the new crutches
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Visitors can expect fan favorites including Beaver nuggets, jerky, Texas barbecue and homemade fudge. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2024 Ebels is well known for its meats, jerky, and meat processing. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2024
Noun
The region’s dry, cold climate freeze-dried the hulking creature’s body, transforming its flesh and skin into what amounted to woolly mammoth jerky. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2024 Texas Roadhouse seasonings are used in Stoney Point Inc.’s new beef jerky. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for jerky 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Spanish charqui, from Quechua ch'arki

First Known Use

Adjective

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerky was in 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Jerky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jerky. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jerky

1 of 2 noun
jer·​ky
ˈjər-kē
: jerked meat

jerky

2 of 2 adjective
ˈjər-kē
jerkier; jerkiest
1
: marked by jerks
a jerky ride on a dirt road
2
jerkily
-kə-lē
adverb
jerkiness
-kē-nəs
noun
Etymology

Noun

from Spanish charqui "jerky," from Quechua ch'arki

Adjective

jerk (noun) and -y (adjective suffix)

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