Jerky definition

jûrkē
Characterized or moving by jerks; making sudden starts and stops or spasmodic movements.
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Meat, esp. beef, that has been sliced into strips and dried.
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Characterized by physical jerking.
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Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun.
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(slang) Foolish; silly.

Jerky ideas about saving money.

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Characterized by jerks or jerking.

A jerky train ride.

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Meat cured by jerking.
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(slang) Foolish, mean, contemptible, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jerky
Plural:
jerkies

Adjective

Base Form:
jerky
Comparative:
jerkier
Superlative:
jerkiest

Origin of jerky

  • Alteration of charqui

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a Quechuan language charqui (“sun-dried or air-dried strips of meat”).

    From Wiktionary