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  • adv. In a jerky manner.

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

  • adv. with jerking motions
  • adv. with spasms


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jerky +‎ -ly


  • I'm going to kind of jerkily move this out and you can begin to see where that town of Caledonia is.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2008

  • Or rather, I think of him like that kind of jerkily sexist 22-year-old of whom one thinks,

    Jacob T. Levy

  • I eventually managed to jerkily creep out onto the street by keeping the parking brake engaged until I gunned the gas and lurched forward into drive.

    Live and Let Love

  • And at the rate of ten knots, buffeted and jerkily rolled, the


  • In August 1994, Yeltsin, in Berlin to mark the withdrawal of Russian troops from Germany, drank too many glasses of champagne, and on a whim grabbed the baton and jerkily conducted a police band before breaking into a chorus of the folk song “Kalinka.”

    The Return

  • Sula drags the guitar pick up and down, up and down, faster and faster, her hand strumming jerkily, without care for rhythm or melody.

    Guitar Lessons

  • 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: — The greatest time of my life.

    Chapter 2

  • If the reel hesitates or descends jerkily, your drag needs work.

    The Home Drag Test

  • He's like a machine with a handle, that you turn and a previously prepared line comes out – a bit jerkily, like a musical box, because it's hard to turn the handle at a constant speed, but the joke comes out eventually.

    TV review: Young Apprentice

  • Tychus gripped the belt holding Jim with his left arm and used the right to climb, jerkily and one-handed, up the ladders.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due


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