black bottom


Definition of black bottom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 sometimes capitalized both Bs : a tract of low-lying land with black soil

2 often capitalized both Bs [ probably from black bottom “low-lying section of a southern town occupied primarily by black people” ] : an American dance popular from 1926 to 1928 with sinuous movements of the hips and rocking steps


intransitive verb

Definition of black-bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dance the black bottom

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