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jerky

adjective     /ˈdʒɜː.ki/ US  /ˈdʒɝː-/
quick and sudden : The disease causes sudden jerky movements of the hands and legs .Making short, sudden movements not smooth and pleasant : I enjoyed the concert , although the playing was rather jerky at times .Rough, irregular and uneven jerkily     /-kɪ.li/ adverb Making short, sudden movements jerkiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Making short, sudden movements
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