jitterbug


1jit·ter·bug

noun \ˈji-tər-ˌbəg\

: a very lively type of dance from the 1940s

Full Definition of JITTERBUG

1
:  a jazz variation of the two-step in which couples swing, balance, and twirl in standardized patterns and often with vigorous acrobatics
2
:  one who dances the jitterbug

First Known Use of JITTERBUG

1938

2jitterbug

verb

Definition of JITTERBUG

intransitive verb
1
:  to dance the jitterbug
2
:  to move around or back and forth with quick often jerky movements especially to confuse or disconcert an opponent in sports

First Known Use of JITTERBUG

1939

jitterbug

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dance variation of the two-step in which couples swing, balance, and twirl in standardized patterns to syncopated music in time. It originated in the U.S. in the mid 1930s and became internationally popular in the 1940s. It originally included acrobatic lifts and swings, but it became modified in ballroom versions. Its step patterns varied and could include the lindy hop and the jive.

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