moon·​walk | \ ˈmün-ˌwȯk How to pronounce moonwalk (audio) \
moonwalked; moonwalking; moonwalks

Definition of moonwalk

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from moonwalk

moonwalk noun

Examples of moonwalk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor Swift has moonwalked past Michael Jackson’s record at the 2019 American Music Awards, taking home six honors including artist of the year and artist of the decade. Washington Post, "Swift moonwalks past Michael Jackson’s record at AMA Awards," 25 Nov. 2019 Post Malone is the top contender at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Taylor Swift has a chance to moonwalk past Michael Jackson's record for most wins at the show. Mesfin Fekadu,, "Post Malone tops AMA nominations, Swift could break MJ’s record," 25 Oct. 2019 Post Malone is the top contender at the 2019 American Music Awards, where Taylor Swift has a chance to moonwalk past Michael Jackson’s record for most wins at the show. Washington Post, "Post Malone tops AMA noms, Swift could break MJ’s record," 24 Oct. 2019 The company has mastered the art of avoidance, by exploiting foreign tax havens and moonwalking through the seemingly infinite loopholes that accountants dream up. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 In one half of football, UCLA and Chip Kelly went from lolly-gagging lifelessly through their season to moonwalking into the end zone seemingly every other play. Los Angeles Times, "College football games to watch: Virginia at Notre Dame is an enticing top-25 matchup," 26 Sep. 2019 After all, this is a robot dog who can twerk and moonwalk, and who won over sympathy on social media when the company released a video of researchers kicking the dog to demonstrate its balance. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Boston Dynamics' robot dog is now available for select customers," 25 Sep. 2019 Women formed dance circles, did the splits, moonwalked, and lifted each other up in ways that were both figurative and literal. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Wing's Summer Camp Lets Women Embrace Their Carefree, Younger Selves," 13 Sep. 2019 Then came the jarring news of Mr. Northam’s costume mishap and moonwalking incidents, which instantly converted him into a political untouchable deserted by everyone but his shadow. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "Virginia’s Confederacy of Dunces," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of moonwalk

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moonwalk was in 1984

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“Moonwalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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