jerky definition by Webster's New World
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meat, esp. beef, that has been sliced into strips and dried
Origin: ; from Spanish charqui ; from Quechua
jerky definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est
- Characterized by jerks or jerking: a jerky train ride.
- Slang Foolish; silly: jerky ideas about saving money.
- jerkˈi·ly adverb
- jerkˈi·ness noun
Meat cured by jerking. Also called charqui.
Origin: Alteration of charqui.