• WordNet 3.6
    • adj jerky having or revealing stupidity "ridiculous anserine behavior","a dopey answer","a dopey kid","some fool idea about rewriting authors' books"
    • adj jerky marked by abrupt transitions "choppy prose"
    • adj jerky lacking a steady rhythm "an arrhythmic heartbeat"
    • n jerky meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • jerky Foolish; ridiculous; stupid.
    • jerky Moving by jerks and starts; characterized by abrupt transitions; as, a jerky vehicle; a jerky style.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jerky Of a jerking character; acting by jerks; spasmodic; capricious; impatient.
    • n jerky See the extract.
    • n jerky See jerk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Jerky moving or coming by jerks or starts, spasmodic; capricious, impatient
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of jert and gird, and conn. with yard, a rod.


In literature:

It was the woman's voice that touched her, coming after Pinckney's business-like and jerky sentences.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
They moved in a jerky sort of way certainly, but that was because they used crutches.
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" by J. M. Barrie
They moved in a jerky sort of way certainly, but that was because they used crutches.
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" by J. M. Barrie
It was not the car that was jerky, Jerry discovered, but Mr. Bullfinch.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Therese watched the jerky movements of the hands of the clock, and smiled at her companion.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
She waited for an hour or two, sitting in the door-way, nibbling jerky and trying to read a magazine.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
There is frequent yawning, and the speech is slow, syllabic, and jerky.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
He did not know that behind the jerky manner and inexpressive face there was a Soul.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Some hardened climbers add a little "jerky" (dried meats) to this bill of fare.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Little jerky sentences passed between them.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

While towards the bed the rigid shadows lean
Stung to the patience of all emptiness
And the bed empty where she kept,
Jerky gnats lunge at the haggard screen.
"Obituary" by Allen Tate
It was wild - it was fitful - as wild as the breeze -
It wandered about into several keys;
It was jerky, spasmodic, and harsh, I'm aware;
But still it distinctly suggested an air.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

IT'S not easy making a living as a beef jerky authority these days.
Courtesy of Jack Link's Jerky.
Goats are hilarious THIS goat is named Buttermilk and while she's a little "jerky" to the other goat, it will make you chuckle What is Parkour.
Lower demand might be catalyst to solve problems with chicken jerky treats.
President Obama stops at Cleveland's West Side Market, buys jerky and cheesecake .
President Obama stops at Cleveland's West Side Market, buys jerky and cheesecake.
Speaking of Pets Chicken jerky treats under investigation.
Jerky treats have been an extremely popular treat for pets because of their high-protein, low-fat composition and dogs love them.
Art Sandoval, owner of Jerky by Art, shows how he makes his popular jerky in a variety of flavors.
Bay Area dog owners want major retailers to take Waggin Train chicken jerky dog treats off store shelves.
There's more to the bonds than meets the jerky knee.
Duguid obliged and sent me the recipe for Spice-Rubbed Jerky .
FDA Finds Salmonella in Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats.
FDA investigators found Salmonella bacteria in Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats at Kasel Associated Industries of Denver during a routine sampling inspection, the agency said recently.
FDA Issues Warning for Chicken Jerky Treats.

In science:

This indicates that the polymer responds in a “jerky” manner, by opening up local pockets of pinned regions.
Randomly forced DNA
Just above the threshold the motion is jerky, characterized by forwardly moving avalanches of a typical size ξ ∼ (f − fc )ν and width w ∼ ξ ζ produced at a typical rate τ ∼ ξ z , yielding a mean velocity v ∼ (f − fc )β , with β = ν (ζ − z ). ν, z , ζ are non-trivial characteristic exponents.
Random-Manifold to Random-Periodic Depinning of an Elastic Interface
This relationship as well as the jerky motion of the front take place even for ω0 that is only slightly higher than the threshold ω0 = 6.
Simple Model of Propagating Flame Pulsations
This produces a rather jerky isotopy following the given bundle homotopy but by breaking the homotopy into very small steps, the isotopy becomes uniform and furthermore (apart from the initial move to become almost perpendicular to ξ ) Mi is almost perpendicular to ξi throughout.
The compression theorem II: directed embeddings
Before presenting these analyses, it may be useful to comment on the importance of sudden changes (jerkiness) in the human (or vehicular) motion.
Human Gravity-Gradient Noise in Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Detectors