herky-jerky

herk·y-jerk·y

 (hûr′kē-jûr′kē)
adj.
Spasmodic, irregular, and unpredictable, as in movement or manner.

[ Reduplication of jerky.]

herk•y-jerk•y

(ˈhɜr kiˈdʒɜr ki)

adj.
progressing in a fitful or jerky manner.
[1955–60; rhyming compound based on jerk1, -y1]
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