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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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 My trembling turned into twerking as Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé blared in the chamber while I was being blasted with cold air. Lamar Dawson, GQ, "Cryotherapy Might Be the Best Way to Recover from Joint Pain," 16 June 2018 The ladies showed off their twerking skills, while the guys stuck to simple moves. Jennifer Machin, Billboard, "Daddy Yankee Performs 'Dura Dura' Remix With Natti Natasha, Becky G & Bad Bunny at Billboard Latin Music Awards," 26 Apr. 2018 After congratulating the 25-year-old, Ellen shows a video of Cardi B twerking at Coachella last weekend, with a clearly visible baby bump. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Cardi B Shows Ellen DeGeneres the Sex Position She Was in When She Got Pregnant," 19 Apr. 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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