Main definitions of jerky in English

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jerky1

adjective

  • 1Characterized by abrupt stops and starts.

    ‘shallow, jerky, irregular breathing’
    • ‘He shook his head in small, terrified jerky movements.’
    • ‘If not familiar with puppetry, you may wonder why the characters are making jerky movements.’
    • ‘Keep really tight to the pole and, without making huge jerky movements, pull yourself as far up it as possible.’
    • ‘Kayla followed suit, and the three of them rolled to a jerky stop at the foot of a skyscraper.’
    • ‘His jerky movements and sinister singing voice complement the familiar musical tunes, which are deliberately cheesy for comic effect.’
    • ‘Dallas watched him closely, never missing even one of his jerky movements.’
    • ‘Louise moves to the opening of the lounge, in stiff jerky movements as though hampered by the knitting of broken bones.’
    • ‘The main symptoms are sudden, severe dizziness, partial deafness, sounds in the ear and jerky eye movements.’
    • ‘Ever so gently, he rotated, making no jerky movements.’
    • ‘The battles are sometimes awkward with the jerky bugs stopping in place before being blasted into squiggles of DNA.’
    • ‘They arrived with a jerky stop and they left the train together.’
    • ‘The car squeaks to a halt and she glares at him because of his jerky stop.’
    • ‘The plane came to a jerky stop and the fasten seatbelt sign blinked off.’
    • ‘His fingers walk across his chest, his head, like a bird, pans the ceiling with jerky stops and starts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His jerky movements - if he wasn't a pop star you'd assume it was nerves - match his angular London accent when he talks.’
    • ‘His movements were jerky, nervous; he was almost running.’
    • ‘Their lips fail to synchronize with the dialogue, and their movements are jerky.’
    • ‘Focus on keeping your movements smooth and fluid rather than abrupt and jerky.’
    • ‘She pulled to a jerky stop at the foot of the front stoop.’
    convulsive, spasmodic, fitful, twitchy, paroxysmal, shaking, shaky, tremulous, uncontrolled, uncontrollable
    jolting, lurching, bumpy, bouncy, jarring, rough
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  • 2US informal Contemptibly foolish.

    ‘he makes mischief with his jerky pals’
    • ‘It’s so unfortunate that the other mothers are being so jerky and setting a poor example for their kids!’

Pronunciation

jerky

/ˈjərkē//ˈdʒərki/

Main definitions of jerky in English

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jerky2

noun

  • Meat that has been cured by being cut into long, thin strips and dried.

    ‘beef jerky’
    • ‘She had shoulder-length gray hair and skin resembling beef jerky.’
    • ‘Maybe you'll even have some change left over for a candy bar or a pack of beef jerky.’
    • ‘We climbed up and Nick took two bottles of soda and a bag of beef jerky from his secret stash.’
    • ‘I've let this old carcass get as stiff as beef jerky on a cold winter morning.’
    • ‘There is also a small selection entitled ‘for the gastronome’, proffering beef jerky, buffalo cheese and a French cheese platter.’
    • ‘If you go to their site, they seem to be interested not so much in flying stuff to the moon but in selling beef jerky.’
    • ‘Then she added some jerky for meat, and some dried vegetables.’
    • ‘The younger girl had fallen asleep, curled up in her blanket and still clutching the strip of beef jerky.’
    • ‘I almost added beef jerky, but that was just too costly.’
    • ‘Native Americans once used the fruit to make pemmican, a type of meat jerky.’
    • ‘But, whatever harm Macscruby thinks our flag might do to his beef jerky, McDonald's had no misgivings on its effect on the Big Mac.’
    • ‘Jerome nodded, taking a long strip of jerky from his plate.’
    • ‘The money must be paid in cash, to each person in refugee camps as they line up for their daily cup of dirty water and dried beef jerky.’
    • ‘Among the items for sale are beef jerky, Winchester ammunition, and nine kinds of chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘Powell looked like a ‘stick of beef jerky adorned with whiskers’, and the fundamentally unsuitable boats the men used were ‘walnut shells’.’
    • ‘Dante took a slice of beef jerky that was in his pocket and gave it to the boy.’
    • ‘The slices of deep red sausage had the pungent flavour of barbecued pork, quite similar to a sweet beef jerky.’
    • ‘The $5,000 also has gone toward buying things like beef jerky, anti-fungal foot cream and DVDs.’
    • ‘We saw strips of deep red beef jerky, sheets of golden-colored glucose that looked like glass, orange rind and salmon skin.’
    • ‘They each got two strips of jerky for meals, each about as long as a man's hand and as thick as two fingers.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

jerky

/ˈjərkē//ˈdʒərki/