adjective Etymology: reduplication of jerky Date: 1957 characterized by sudden, irregular, or unpredictable movement or style

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  • herky-jerky — ˈhərkēˈjərkē adjective Etymology: reduplication of jerky (I) : characterized by sudden, irregular, or unpredictable movement or style herky jerky dancing a herky jerky path * * * /ˈhɚkiˈʤɚki/ adj [more herky jerky; most …   Useful english dictionary

  • herky-jerky — /herr kee jerr kee/, adj. progressing in a fitfully jerky or irregular manner: a herky jerky home movie shown on an old projector. [1955 60; rhyming compound based on JERK1, Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • herky-jerky — [ hə:kɪˌdʒə:ki] adjective N. Amer. informal moving in sudden stops and starts. Origin 1980s: reduplication of jerky …   English new terms dictionary

  • herky-jerky — herk•y jerk•y [[t]ˈhɜr kiˈdʒɜr ki[/t]] adj. cvb progressing in a fitful or jerky manner • Etymology: 1955–60; rhyming compound based on jerk I, y I …   From formal English to slang

  • herky-jerky — adjective /ˈhəːkiˌʤəːki,ˈhɚkiˌʤɚki/ Having an irregular spasmodic movement …   Wiktionary

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