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

Other Words from twerking

twerk \ ˈtwərk How to pronounce twerking (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 But what would a Megan Thee Stallion cameo be without some twerking? Jabeen Waheed, Glamour, 2 Sep. 2022 Yep, twerking, sensual movement, and pole culture have gone mainstream. Kourtney Pope,, 25 Aug. 2022 The not-so-secret Megan Thee Stallion cameo on this week's She-Hulk: Attorney at Law sent social media into a tizzy — and that was even before the last-minute twerking! Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2022 Mack noted that her legislative work has received less attention than her twerking. Globe Staff,, 18 Aug. 2022 Apart from her good as hell bangers and candid TikTok videos, Lizzo is worshipped worldwide for her incredible twerking skills. Alicia Vrajlal,, 1 Mar. 2022 His dancers brought it, too, with twerking, braid whipping and splits to boot. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 23 Sep. 2021 Cyrus, who also headlined Friday night at the festival, shared video of the moment on Instagram, with the singer running up from the side of the stage to join other fans during what appeared to be a mid-set twerking competition. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2021 Lizzo's twerking skills are unparalleled, and so was her recent speech schooling everyone on the dance move's history and Black culture. Alicia Vrajlal,, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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