AskDefine | Define jerky

Dictionary Definition

jerky adj : not having a steady rhythm; "an arrhythmic heartbeat" [syn: arrhythmic, jerking, unsteady] n : meat cut in strips and dried in the sun [syn: jerked meat] [also: jerkiest, jerkier]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1


  1. Characterized by physical jerking.

Etymology 2

charqui ("char-key" in English): sun-dried or air-dried strips of meat.


  1. Meat cured or preserved by cutting into thin strips and drying in the sun.

Extensive Definition

Jerky can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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