adjectiveNorth American informal
Characterized by or moving in sudden stops and starts: herky-jerky black and white newsreels
More example sentences
- No point guard has as much body control as Payton, able to throw off opponents with his herky-jerky drives forward and sudden stops.
- It's a staccato language of enigmatic hand gestures, flailing arms, touching oneself, herky-jerky starts and stops, plunging into space, crashing, spinning, jumping back up.
- His hands shake constantly; throw in his current addictions to coffee and cigars and you get transport that is, at best, fumbling and herky-jerky, at worst, upside down in a ditch, surrounded by flashing lights.
late 20th century: reduplication of jerky1.
Definition of herky-jerky in:
- The US English dictionary