jerkiness

jerky

1 [jur-kee]
adjective, jerkier, jerkiest.
1.
characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
2.
Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.

Origin:
1855–60; jerk1 + -y1

jerkily, adverb
jerkiness, noun
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jerky1 (ˈdʒɜːkɪ)
 
adj , jerkier, jerkiest
characterized by jerks; spasmodic
 
'jerkily1
 
adv
 
'jerkiness1
 
n

jerky2 (ˈdʒɜːkɪ)
 
n
another word for jerk

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jerky
1850, Amer.Eng., from Amer.Sp. charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua ch'arki "dried flesh." The verb jerk "to cure meat by cutting into long thin slices and drying in the sun" is recorded from 1707.
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