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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: JERK2

jerky

1 adjective
     
jerk‧y1
jerky movements are rough, with many starts and stops [≠ smooth]:
His skin was dry and hot, his breathing rapid and jerky.
The bus came to a jerky halt.
jerkily adverb
jerkiness noun [uncountable]

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