twerking

noun
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

Examples of twerking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even in quarantine, Lizzo celebrated her birthday in a way that would've made Beyoncé proud: twerking. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Beyoncé’s Birthday Message To Lizzo Was Too Much For Her To Handle," 29 Apr. 2020 This is not about Lizzo being fat, twerking, or hating on her. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Lizzo twerked in a thong at a Lakers game and it was a moment," 10 Dec. 2019 And their twerking continued in Sin City too, Lizzo later uploading more video of she and her friends doing the popular dance in their hotel suite at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Lizzo Leads 'Twerk Train' Aboard Private Plane to Las Vegas," 31 Dec. 2019 Lizzo is clapping back at those who criticized her courtside twerking and showing off her thong at a Los Angeles Lakers–Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game this past Sunday. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo Showed Her Thong at a Lakers Game, and She's Not Sorry About It," 10 Dec. 2019 Alaska quips before the trio disarms Katya with a mix of tonge pops, high-octave vocal acrobatics, and twerking. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Kristen Stewart, Charlie's Angels fight evil with RuPaul's Drag Race queens in new short film," 8 Nov. 2019 Think of it as a hip-hop workout party equipped with a live DJ for every class, lots of twerking, high-intensity workouts, and fun choreography. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "13 Black Owned Fitness Studios To Get Your Body Right In The New Year," 28 Dec. 2019 To break the tie, a twerking competition was demanded. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 Although the twerking really is part of the message. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Megan Thee Stallion brings 'Hot Girl Summer' to empowering Milwaukee show, and shows she's here to stay," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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“Twerking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twerking. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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