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Definition of "herky-jerky" [herky-jerky]

  • Spasmodic, irregular, and unpredictable, as in movement or manner. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "herky-jerky" in a sentence
  • "Too many offroaders employ a herky-jerky on - and off-throttle type of driving."
  • "But the herky-jerky style he stumbled onto is still present in compositions like "Uffe's Woodshop" and "The Duck and the Butcher.""
  • "The flat language, unimpressive diction, predictable rhythms, and barely passable metaphors, lumped together in herky-jerky fashion across intentionally unclean line breaks, are meant to place the anti-heroic female at the center of her own attentions; who cares how the world reacts to her persistent complaints?"
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