air guitar


Definition of air guitar

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

Examples of air guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melin, who won the 2013 world title by swinging his air guitar behind his back, Kip Winger style. April White, Smithsonian, "An Electrifying History of Air Guitar," 11 July 2019 The Waukesha one features a Waukesha firetruck that has musical notes painted on it, a fireman playing air guitar to pay homage to Les Paul, and a kid using a bucket as a drum. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They met working at a restaurant 30 years ago. This week, they opened their fourth Firehouse Subs.," 1 Aug. 2019 But only air guitar has also become an international spectator sport. April White, Smithsonian, "An Electrifying History of Air Guitar," 11 July 2019 Anderson, 34, as usual, is passing the time with one of his favorite hobbies: air guitar. Grace Dickinson,, "How to slay at the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships in Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 All that's missing here is a quick strum of his air guitar. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Of course Lance Stephenson pulled off a hidden ball trick in a celebrity softball game," 7 June 2018 No air guitars here, more an electric ladyland of virtuosos of every stripe; male, female, old and young. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 28 May 2018 An oversize man in loafers aggressively played air guitar. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018 Buffalo’s mascot, Victor E. Bull, danced and played air guitar and tossed T-shirts into the stands. Greg Bishop,, "Arizona's Turbulent Season Ends With a Thud in Stunning First-Round Beatdown by Buffalo," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of air guitar

1980, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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“Air guitar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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