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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by jerks or jerking: a jerky train ride.
  • adj. Slang Foolish; silly: jerky ideas about saving money.
  • n. Meat cured by jerking. Also called charqui.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by physical jerking.
  • n. Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving by jerks and starts; characterized by abrupt transitions
  • adj. Foolish; ridiculous; stupid.
  • n. Meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and dried; meat that has been jerked; see first jerk, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a jerking character; acting by jerks; spasmodic; capricious; impatient.
  • n. See the extract.
  • n. See jerk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking a steady rhythm
  • n. meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
  • adj. marked by abrupt transitions
  • adj. having or revealing stupidity

Etymologies

Alteration of charqui.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Quechuan charqui ("sun-dried or air-dried strips of meat") (Wiktionary)

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