twerk·​ing | \ ˈtwər-kiŋ How to pronounce twerking (audio) \

Definition of twerking

: sexually suggestive dancing characterized by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks especially while squatting twerking has become a catch-all for an overtly sexualized style of dancing wherein one manipulates the hips and posterior in an often hypnotic and physics-defying bounce.— Luke O'Neil

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Other Words from twerking

twerk \ ˈtwərk How to pronounce twerk (audio) \ intransitive verb twerked; twerking; twerks
As my family watched in horror, I began to twerk, crouching down and bouncing my booty … — Libby Gelman-Waxner

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Perreo is the Caribbean father of twerking and invariably accompanies reggaeton, the music of the movement, a movement defined by the tactics, tools, and tastes of millennials. Rita Indiana,, "Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the world, gives the world a master class on mobilization," 26 July 2019 On Thursday, Miley Cyrus posted a video on Twitter of herself in front of a mirror dancing and twerking along to a Megan Thee Stallion song. Los Angeles Times, "The ‘hot girl summer’ meme, explained," 19 July 2019 The twerking, laughing and fun didn’t end until well after 1 a.m., marking a successful night of black and brown women taking space and enjoying one another’s talents and presence. Tyra Nicole Triche,, "The Brown Skin Lady Show provides a glittering glimpse of the beauty of women doing it for themselves," 19 June 2019 Miley makes headlines everywhere after her performance at the VMAs, which is filled with twerking, grinding, and foam fingers. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Relationship," 27 Dec. 2018 Over in Russia, a government official is in hot water this week after his wife shot a twerking music video in the middle of a busy highway in Moscow, sparking huge traffic delays and delaying ambulances. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "A Russian official is in trouble after his wife’s twerking caused a massive traffic jam," 12 Oct. 2018 Seeing girls aged 6 and 7 twerking tipped off the pastor’s daughter that something inappropriate might be going on somewhere, according to the arrest warrant. David J. Neal And Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "She saw young girls twerking. Now, the church guitarist is accused of fondling 5 of them.," 10 July 2018 Now Cho, comedy legend, doesn’t let anyone else cut or style her hair, which has led to plenty of shenanigans, like the time Cho corrected his twerking form., "IRL Besties Jonathan Van Ness & Margaret Cho Tell Us Their Best Pride Stories," 15 June 2018 After tussling and smashing mouths, the pair finds another impulse for dance, showing off for each other with what looks like prehistoric twerking. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: At Met Breuer, Dancers Try to Be Like Life, Too," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of twerking

2001, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for twerking

twerk, phonesthemic coinage, perhaps with elements of twist entry 1 and jerk entry 1

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