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You are viewing the etymology of jerky meaning: (Noun Verb) Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun. (transitive) To cure and preserve (meat) by drying it, making jerky.Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun. (transitive) To cure and preserve (meat) by drying it, making jerky.. You may also see other English etymologies of jerky.
English word jerky comes from Quechua ch'arki, and later Spanish charqui (Jerky (air-dried meat).).

Jerky etymology history

Jerky detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ch'arki Quechua (que)
charqui Spanish (spa) Jerky (air-dried meat).
jerky English (eng) Lean meat cured and preserved by cutting into thin strips and air-drying in the sun. (transitive) To cure and preserve (meat) by drying it, making jerky.

Words with the same origin as jerky

Descendants of ch'arki
jerk