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[jur-kee] /ˈdʒɜr ki/

adjective, jerkier, jerkiest.
characterized by or sudden starts; spasmodic.
Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
adjective jerkier, jerkiest
characterized by jerks; spasmodic
another word for jerk2 (sense 2)

1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui “jerked meat,” from Quechua (Inca) ch’arki “dried flesh.”

“characterized by jerks,” 1858, from jerk (v.1) + -y (2). Related: Jerkily; jerkiness.


Having the traits of a jerk: any jerky Joe (1940s+)

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