air guitar


: an imaginary guitar that one pretends to play
also : the action of playing air guitar

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jeff Cook launched legions of air guitar-playing young men, rocking out to… well… country music. Holly Gleason, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 Behind her, people follow her moves in joyously chaotic ways — some burst into air guitar solos, while others let out the occasional primal scream. Melinda Fulmer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2022 The receiver jumped right up, however, and then performed a dueling air guitar celebration with Nelson Agholor that would have made the late, great Eddie Van Halen proud. Jim Mcbride,, 8 Aug. 2022 In the 30-second commercial, silver-haired actors are shown engaged in activities like playing air guitar, riding a horse and posing in a nude photo shoot. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 Grease reenactments, air guitar, and disco numbers abound — which is surprising, especially for performers established in the street dance world. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2022 The 31-year-old wing made his home season debut Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, quickly hitting a 3-pointer and playing his familiar air guitar to celebrate, thrilling the Gainbridge Fieldhouse crowd. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 During a lull between points, Aiko Jones played air guitar. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 5 Dec. 2021 Two TVs played a loop of his signature moments, like the late broadcaster’s air guitar warm up routine., 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air guitar was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“Air guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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