Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun.
(slang) Foolish; silly.
Jerky ideas about saving money.
Characterized by jerks or jerking.
A jerky train ride.
Meat cured by jerking.
(slang) Foolish, mean, contemptible, etc.
Other Word Forms
Origin of jerky
Alteration of charqui
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From a Quechuan language charqui (“sun-dried or air-dried strips of meat”).
Jerky Sentence Examples
With jerky movements, she finished dressing and replaced her weapons.
The regimental commander walked with his jerky steps to the front of the regiment and examined it from a distance.
The block moves but the movement was a little jerky.
And the commander, turning to look at the adjutant, directed his jerky steps down the line.
Angelman's syndrome was first described in 1965 by Harold Angelman, who noted that a group of children in his medical practice had flat heads, made jerky movements, held their tongues in a protruding way, and had curious bouts of laughter.