What does jerky mean?

Definitions for jerkyˈdʒɜr ki

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word jerky.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jerky, jerked meat, jerk(adj)

    meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

  2. arrhythmic, jerking, jerky(adj)

    lacking a steady rhythm

    "an arrhythmic heartbeat"

  3. choppy, jerky(adj)

    marked by abrupt transitions

    "choppy prose"

  4. anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerky(adj)

    having or revealing stupidity

    "ridiculous anserine behavior"; "a dopey answer"; "a dopey kid"; "some fool idea about rewriting authors' books"


  1. jerky(n.)

    Meat, especially beef, that has been cut in strips and dried; meat that has been jerked; see first jerk, v.; as, beef jerky

  2. Origin: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]


  1. jerky(Noun)

    Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun.

  2. jerky(Adjective)

    Characterized by physical jerking.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jerky(adj)

    moving by jerks and starts; characterized by abrupt transitions; as, a jerky vehicle; a jerky style

  2. Origin: [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]


  1. Jerky

    Jerky is lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt, to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed. The word "jerky" is derived from the Spanish word charqui which is from the Quechua word ch'arki. which means to burn. All that is needed to produce basic "jerky" is a low-temperature drying method, and salt to inhibit bacterial growth. Modern manufactured jerky is normally marinated in a seasoned spice rub or liquid, and dried, dehydrated or smoked with low heat. Some makers still use just salt and sun-dry fresh sliced meat to make jerky. Some product manufacturers finely grind meat, mix in seasonings, and press the meat-paste into flat shapes prior to drying. The resulting jerky from the above methods would be a salty and/or savory snack. However, often a sweet or semi-sweet recipe is used, with sugar being a major ingredient. Jerky is ready-to-eat and needs no additional preparation. It can be stored for months without refrigeration. When the protein to moisture content ratio is correct, the resulting meat is cured, or preserved.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerky in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jerky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Hamilton:

    Everything you do is very gentle, you don’t want to do jerky motions ever.

  2. Joseph Madalon:

    His skin had fallen off his body. There were huge chunks of skin on the sauna floor. He literally looked like jerky.

  3. Joseph Madalon:

    He was totally broiled, his skin had fallen off his body. There were huge chunks of skin on the sauna floor. He literally looked like jerky.

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