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JERKY (jerkier, jerkiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does jerky mean? 

JERKY (noun)
  The noun JERKY has 1 sense:

1. meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

  Familiarity information: JERKY used as a noun is very rare.

JERKY (adjective)
  The adjective JERKY has 3 senses:

1. not having a steady rhythm
2. marked by abrupt transitions
3. having or revealing stupidity

  Familiarity information: JERKY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

JERKY (noun)

Sense 1jerky [BACK TO TOP]


Meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks


jerked meat; jerky; jerk

Hypernyms ("jerky" is a kind of...):

meat (the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "jerky"):

beef jerky (strips of dried beef)

biltong (meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun)

JERKY (adjective)

Sense 1jerky [BACK TO TOP]


Not having a steady rhythm


arrhythmic; jerking; jerky

Context example:

an arrhythmic heartbeat


unsteady (subject to change or variation)

Sense 2jerky [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by abrupt transitions


choppy; jerky

Context example:

choppy prose


sudden (happening without warning or in a short space of time)

Sense 3jerky [BACK TO TOP]


Having or revealing stupidity


goosy; goosey; gooselike; dopy; dopey; foolish; anserine; jerky

Context examples:

ridiculous anserine behavior / a dopey answer / a dopey kid / some fool idea about rewriting authors' books


stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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