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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
1855-1860
1855-60; jerk1 + -y1
Related forms
jerkily, adverb
jerkiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jerkiness

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 jerkiness

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jerkiness

jerky

adjective

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

Related Terms

herky-jerky


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