jitterbug

noun
jit·​ter·​bug | \ ˈji-tər-ˌbəg How to pronounce jitterbug (audio) \

Definition of jitterbug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

jitterbug

verb
jitterbugged; jitterbugging; jitterbugs

Definition of jitterbug (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of jitterbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our generation regards political parties as a relic of an era of black-and-white television, transatlantic ocean-liners and the jitterbug. The Economist, "Party politics is dying, so make citizen movements the new unifier," 1 Nov. 2019 The Chargers' jitterbug finished with 58 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to go along with 96 receiving yards on six catches and two touchdowns. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Missed tackles, missed kicks cost Colts in 30-24 loss to Chargers," 8 Sep. 2019 The running back unit ascends with the additions of sagacious veteran Frank Gore and multidimensional jitterbug Devin Singletary, a third-round pick from Florida Atlantic. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Behind a Re-stocked Offensive Line, Bills’ Ground Game Is Primed to Take Off," 7 Aug. 2019 The dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard were especially enjoyable here, as numerous glowing, colorful jitterbugs interfered with the quartet’s journey in an attempt to fatigue them. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Patio Playhouse presents charming ‘Wizard of Oz’ musical," 17 July 2019 Blues, jazz, spirituals, jitterbug and Rogers & Hammerstein. Alan Goch, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach central and north county events for July 10-16," 10 July 2019 Andy Blankenbuehler’s Tony Award-winning choreography is inspired by everything from jazz to jitterbug to to hip-hop to ballet. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 In 1945, a celebration at Buff Stadium featured a double header between two Negro league baseball teams, a couple of amateur boxing matches, a jitterbug contest and a track exhibition and speech from Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "June 19 marks 154 years of Juneteenth celebrations," 18 June 2019 The event will feature 1950s drive-in style food and dance contests that include the twist and jitterbug. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Patty Turner Center turns back the clock to the 1950s," 12 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bush caught a screen pass and jitterbugged past a diving tackler and exploded into the open field. Zach Helfand, latimes.com, "USC-Texas revisited: LenDale White and what happened after fourth-and-two," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of jitterbug

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jitterbug was in 1938

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20 Nov 2019

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“Jitterbug.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jitterbug. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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jitterbug

noun
How to pronounce jitterbug (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jitterbug

: a very lively type of dance from the 1940s

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