herky-jerky

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herky-jerky (comparative more herky-jerky, superlative most herky-jerky)

  1. Having an irregular spasmodic movement.
    • 2006, CMJ New Music Monthly
      While all that herky-jerky mathcore in your collection might not fit the bill, put some Portishead on your Pod and the attached OhMiBod will respond rhythmically in kind.
    • 2013, Bruce R. Swinburne, Stem: Cells That Divide, page 271:
      Lynn has learned the herky-jerky schedule of the university. She has learned about me, and how I respond to its quirks—like a river flowing with hiccups.