- characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
- Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
Origin of jerky1
- meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and preserved by drying in the sun; jerked meat.
Origin of jerky2
Examples from the Web for jerky
He's so white he's almost mock-white, and so are his jerky, long-necked, mechanical-man movements.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
Optimal descent was roughly eight feet per second with no jerky stops.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
Another potential drawback: Our crack team had difficulty downloading the app, and found the animations slow and jerky.The Daily: Rupert Murdoch's New Toy
Howard Kurtz, Brian Ries
February 2, 2011
I try to make it clear to Patti that I'm not looking to land some jerky millionaire.The Cattiest Matchmaker
February 22, 2010
Ty Murray was stiff as a plank, jerky, and with his legs spread apart it looked like he was still sort of straddling a bull.The Bruno Diaries
March 10, 2009
There was no answer to his jerky, sharp call of "Barbara" and he turned on the light.The Education of Eric Lane
Both are very ancient, sadly in need of upholstery, and jerky of locomotion.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
David Rossi bent his head and spoke in short, jerky sentences.The Eternal City
In jerky sentences she told of the engagement and how the news had reached her.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
He spoke in a jerky voice, as if he thought to overawe the boy.The Manxman
- characterized by jerks; spasmodic
- another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for jerky
1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui "jerked meat," from Quechua (Inca) ch'arki "dried flesh."