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jerky1

[jur-kee] /ˈdʒɜr ki/
adjective, jerkier, jerkiest.
1.
characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
2.
Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
Origin of jerky1
1855-1860
1855-60; jerk1 + -y1
Related forms
jerkily, adverb
jerkiness, noun
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  • Snakily, jerkily, the knotted end traveled upward until it disappeared in the cloud of snow that hid the mountain tops.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland
  • Then he staggered back and jerkily brought his arm across his eyes.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Edward Webb was jerkily conversational, Grace was sullen and aggrieved, Theresa had red eyes.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • "I need to know something about the pigment patches," he said jerkily.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • “I know what you are trying to imply,” Miss Kippenberg said jerkily.

    Danger at the Drawbridge Mildred A. Wirt
  • I pushed with all my might and, slowly and jerkily, the dingy slid off the shoal.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She inhaled it jerkily, as one who is suddenly shocked with a deluge of icy water.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • “Kicking up a racket in there,” he said jerkily, indicating the parlour.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Earl, you mustn't mind me when I git in my tantrums," he said jerkily.

    To Alaska for Gold Edward Stratemeyer
  • jerkily he came to the realization that the girl had ceased speaking.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for jerkily

jerky1

/ˈdʒɜːkɪ/
adjective jerkier, jerkiest
1.
characterized by jerks; spasmodic
Derived Forms
jerkily, adverb
jerkiness, noun

jerky2

/ˈdʒɜːkɪ/
noun
1.
another word for jerk2 (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for jerkily

jerky

n.

1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."

adj.

"characterized by jerks," 1858, from jerk (v.1) + -y (2). Related: Jerkily; jerkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jerkily

jerky

adjective

Having the traits of a jerk: any jerky Joe (1940s+)

Related Terms

herky-jerky

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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