adjective, jerk·i·er, jerk·i·est.
- characterized by jerks or sudden starts; spasmodic.
- Slang. silly; foolish; stupid; ridiculous.
- meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and preserved by drying in the sun; jerked meat.
adjective jerkier or jerkiest
- characterized by jerks; spasmodic
- another word for jerk 2 (def. 2)
1850, American English, from American Spanish charqui “jerked meat,” from Quechua (Inca) ch’arki “dried flesh.”