Main definitions of jerky in English

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jerky1

adjectivejerkier, jerkiest

  • 1Characterized by abrupt stops and starts.

    ‘the coach drew to a jerky halt’
    convulsive, spasmodic, fitful, twitchy, paroxysmal, shaking, shaky, tremulous, uncontrolled, uncontrollable
    jolting, lurching, bumpy, bouncy, jarring, rough
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  • 2US informal Contemptibly foolish.

    ‘he makes mischief with his jerky pals’

Pronunciation

jerky

/ˈdʒəːki/

Main definitions of jerky in English

: jerky1jerky2

jerky2

noun

mass noun
  • Meat that has been cured by being cut into long, thin strips and dried.

    ‘beef jerky’
    • ‘The younger girl had fallen asleep, curled up in her blanket and still clutching the strip of beef jerky.’
    • ‘The slices of deep red sausage had the pungent flavour of barbecued pork, quite similar to a sweet beef jerky.’
    • ‘We saw strips of deep red beef jerky, sheets of golden-colored glucose that looked like glass, orange rind and salmon skin.’
    • ‘Jerome nodded, taking a long strip of jerky from his plate.’
    • ‘Then she added some jerky for meat, and some dried vegetables.’
    • ‘Native Americans once used the fruit to make pemmican, a type of meat jerky.’
    • ‘They each got two strips of jerky for meals, each about as long as a man's hand and as thick as two fingers.’
    • ‘I've let this old carcass get as stiff as beef jerky on a cold winter morning.’
    • ‘There is also a small selection entitled ‘for the gastronome’, proffering beef jerky, buffalo cheese and a French cheese platter.’
    • ‘I almost added beef jerky, but that was just too costly.’
    • ‘But, whatever harm Macscruby thinks our flag might do to his beef jerky, McDonald's had no misgivings on its effect on the Big Mac.’
    • ‘She had shoulder-length gray hair and skin resembling beef jerky.’
    • ‘The $5,000 also has gone toward buying things like beef jerky, anti-fungal foot cream and DVDs.’
    • ‘Among the items for sale are beef jerky, Winchester ammunition, and nine kinds of chewing tobacco.’
    • ‘If you go to their site, they seem to be interested not so much in flying stuff to the moon but in selling beef jerky.’
    • ‘The money must be paid in cash, to each person in refugee camps as they line up for their daily cup of dirty water and dried beef jerky.’
    • ‘Maybe you'll even have some change left over for a candy bar or a pack of beef jerky.’
    • ‘Powell looked like a ‘stick of beef jerky adorned with whiskers’, and the fundamentally unsuitable boats the men used were ‘walnut shells’.’
    • ‘Dante took a slice of beef jerky that was in his pocket and gave it to the boy.’
    • ‘We climbed up and Nick took two bottles of soda and a bag of beef jerky from his secret stash.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from American Spanish charqui, from Quechua.

Pronunciation

jerky

/ˈdʒəːki/