moon·​walk | \ ˈmün-ˌwȯk \
moonwalked; moonwalking; moonwalks

Definition of moonwalk

intransitive verb

: to dance by gliding backwards while appearing to make forward walking motions

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moonwalk noun

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Some contestants sang songs, others played the piano, a couple delivered spoken word monologues – and then came Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, who performed an Irish step dance and moonwalked. Emily Yahr, The Seattle Times, "Miss America 2019: The best, worst and weirdest moments from the swimsuit-free competition," 10 Sep. 2018 Rarely do such disputes involve a moonwalking American icon. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "Buzz Aldrin Fights Family For Control of His Space Legacy," 25 June 2018 Well, the United States bombed Syria, Russia didn’t do anything and now the president is moonwalking back claims from the United States’ U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley that additional sanctions were going to be imposed on Russia. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Claims Russia Sanctions Coming; Trump Says No, They Aren’t," 17 Apr. 2018 Who didn't want to, at some point in their life, be the next Michael Jackson, singing and moonwalking in front of a mirror? Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Karaoke confessions: Houston singers share their go-to songs," 15 Feb. 2018 Along the same streets where nervous security officers keep an eye out for suicide bombers, one traffic officer does his job while impersonating Michael Jackson, moonwalking across the intersection and guiding cars with his single white glove. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "Beyond Boko Haram’s Reach, Love and Feminism Flourish," 16 Dec. 2017 Some smaller pumpkins even moonwalk with their roots. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "A Michael Jackson Halloween movie is coming to CBS and it looks ... interesting," 25 Oct. 2017 Smith moonwalked back and forth across the stage several times, showing off some retro dance moves. Anne Nickoloff,, "Fall Out Boy's "Mania Tour" gets off to fiery start at The Q (review, photos)," 21 Oct. 2017 Realizing he was outclassed, Fallon let his guest take her curtsy alone center stage, attempting to moonwalk off to give her the audience’s full attention. Allison Stubblebine, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus & Jimmy Fallon Recreate Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers' 'Islands in the Stream': Watch," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of moonwalk

1984, in the meaning defined above

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