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jerk·y 1

adj. jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est
1. Characterized by jerks or jerking: a jerky train ride.
2. Slang Foolish; silly: jerky ideas about saving money.

jerk′i·ly adv.
jerk′i·ness n.

jerk·y 2

Meat cured by jerking. Also called charqui.

[Alteration of charqui.]
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Adv.1.jerkily - with spasms; "the mouth was slightly open, and jerked violently and spasmodically at one corner"
2.jerkily - with jerking motions; "She rose stiffly, jerkily from the window seat"
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[ˈdʒɜːkɪlɪ] ADV [move] → a tirones, a sacudidas; [play, write] → de modo desigual, nerviosamente
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈdʒɜːrkɪli] adv [move] → d'une démarche saccadée
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


advruckartig; (over cobbles etc) → holpernd, rüttelnd; speakholprig
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈdʒɜːkɪlɪ] adv (move) → a scatti; (speak, laugh) → in modo convulso
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(dʒəːk) noun
a short, sudden movement. We felt a jerk as the train started.
to move with a jerk or jerks. He grasped my arm and jerked me round; The car jerked to a halt.
ˈjerky adjective
jerking; full of jerks. a jerky movement; a jerky way of speaking.
ˈjerkily adverb
ˈjerkiness noun
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References in classic literature ?
"I--just--wish--I could--dig--out the corners--of--her--soul!" she muttered jerkily, punctuating her words with murderous jabs of her pointed cleaning-stick.
Evidently possessed by some idea, he stood over those who were singing, and solemnly and jerkily flourished above their heads his white arm with the sleeve turned up to the elbow, trying unnaturally to spread out his dirty fingers.
The ticker began to reel out jerkily its fitful coils of tape, the desk telephone had a chronic attack of buzzing.
She saw before her only a boy, who was shaking her hand with a hand so calloused that it felt like a nutmeg-grater and rasped her skin, and who was saying jerkily:-
"In the N office," I answered jerkily, with my eyes on my plate.
The wings flapped jerkily, click, block, clitter clock, and the machines drove up; they spread and ceased, and the apparatus came soaring through the air.
By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a shapeless pulp.
Raskolnikov, white as a handkerchief, had answered sharply, jerkily, without dropping his black feverish eyes before Ilya Petrovitch's stare.
They can be spotted between April and October darting jerkily through the sky hunting for midges, moths and other flying insects that they find in the dark using echo-location.
A boy's arm wandered jerkily above him, gesturing in circles as his legs, chest, and the muscles around his vacant eyes twitched violently.
Jerkily, the camel straightened to its front knees, throwing Tom backward, before heaving its heavy bottom up to stand on all four legs.
By stealth, May is jerkily positioning the UK into a situation where (in the name of democracy, of course) a second referendum gets held that the Prime Minister hopes will go the Romanian way.