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
twerkplay \ˈtwərk\ verb, transitive + intransitive
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Also: twerking, thongs and foam dance parties galore.
Rihanna has spearheaded the popularization, and subsequent reclamation, of black culture phenomena in her videos, including twerking.
Players will still be penalized for gestures deemed offensive in a sexual manner (such as twerking) or a violent reference (such as shooting a gun).
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers was penalized and fined in Week 1 for twerking after a touchdown and again in Week 4 for thrusting his pelvis.
Unfortunately for Brown, the twerking will still be banned next season.
Still no twerking (thank goodness), mimicking the use of weapons or celebrations that are viewed as offensive or embarrassing to the opponent, but the NFL is loosening its rules for celebrating.
One unlikely tipping point: Miley Cyrus' infamous twerking phase.
After winning the 2010 Pipeline Pro Hawaii surf competition and placing in many other contests, a 2013 video of her twerking in a bikini went viral.
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