jerky Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"jerky" in British English

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jerkynoun [U]

uk   /ˈdʒɜː.ki/  us   /ˈdʒɝː-/ US
meat that has been ​cut into ​long, ​thinstrips and ​dried : beef jerky

jerkyadjective

uk   /ˈdʒɜː.ki/  us   /ˈdʒɝː-/
quick and ​sudden: The ​diseasecausessudden jerky movements of the ​hands and ​legs. not ​smooth and ​pleasant: I ​enjoyed the ​concert, ​although the ​playing was ​kind of jerky at ​times.
jerkily
adverb uk   us   /-kɪ.li/
jerkiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of jerky from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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jerkynoun [U]

 us   /ˈdʒɜr·ki/

jerky noun [U] (FOOD)

strips of ​dried, ​saltymeat: beef jerky

jerkyadjective

 us   /ˈdʒɜr·ki/

jerky adjective (MOVEMENT)

of, ​relating to, or being a ​short, ​suddenmovement or someone or something ​moving in this way: The ​film had jerky, Chaplinesque ​motion, and the ​audio was out of ​sync with the ​video.
(Definition of jerky from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “jerky”
in Chinese (Simplified) (条状)肉干…
in Turkish sarsıntılı, yalpalayan…
in Russian порывистый, судорожный…
in Chinese (Traditional) (條狀)肉乾…
in Polish szarpany, urywany…
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