There are 2 main definitions of jerky in English:

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jerky 1

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːki/

adjective (jerkier, jerkiest)

Characterized by abrupt stops and starts: the coach drew to a jerky halt
More example sentences
  • The car squeaks to a halt and she glares at him because of his jerky stop.
  • Focus on keeping your movements smooth and fluid rather than abrupt and jerky.
  • They watched silently as the old plane lumbered over to gate 2, discharging a huge, billowing black cloud as it rolled to a jerky stop.
convulsive, spasmodic, fitful, twitchy, paroxysmal, shaking, shaky, tremulous, uncontrolled, uncontrollable
jolting, lurching, bumpy, bouncy, jarring, rough
rare jouncing



Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːkɪli/
Example sentences
  • As he moved jerkily towards the water, Slocum thought to herself: ‘He resembles a frog.’
  • The one grasped the other's arm and jerkily pulled her away from me.
  • I uttered a strangled yelp of sheer terror, as the unidentified floating object moved jerkily toward me.


Example sentences
  • I thanked him with a smile and eye contact - a brusque dismissive thanks would have compounded my jerkiness - and went to Polo.
  • Epic theater proceeds through an accumulation of gests, resulting in a calculated jerkiness.
  • But that means there's still that giveaway jerkiness of movement.

Words that rhyme with jerky

herky-jerky, mirky, murky, perky, quirky, smirky, turkey
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There are 2 main definitions of jerky in English:

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jerky 2

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːki/


[mass noun]
Meat that has been cured by being cut into long, thin strips and dried: beef jerky
More example sentences
  • The younger girl had fallen asleep, curled up in her blanket and still clutching the strip of beef jerky.
  • The slices of deep red sausage had the pungent flavour of barbecued pork, quite similar to a sweet beef jerky.
  • We saw strips of deep red beef jerky, sheets of golden-colored glucose that looked like glass, orange rind and salmon skin.


Mid 19th century: from American Spanish charqui, from Quechua.

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