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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

jerky2

[jur-kee] /ˈdʒɜr ki/
noun
1.
meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and preserved by drying in the sun; jerked meat.
Also, jerk.
Origin
1840-50, Americanism; alteration of charqui
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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 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 jerky

jerky

adjective

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

Related Terms

herky-jerky

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