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 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 the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t ready to handle her twerking superpowers -- due to the enviable strength of Meg’s knees -- and her shine that cuts like the giant diamond projected above her. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 28 June 2021 As Rae goes through the moves step by step, Kim can’t help but cringe at the body rolls and twerking, which her teacher takes note of and adjusts to her comfort level. Ineye Komonibo,, 22 Apr. 2021 Several of them twerk on their hands and knees in the sand, while in two shots Hanks lets two women’s twerking buttocks bounce off his face. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 If your ideal workout involves grinding, twerking, and voguing to today’s top hits, The Fitness Marshall is for you. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2020 Newfangled topics, such as twerking, were occasionally introduced. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2020 Even in quarantine, Lizzo celebrated her birthday in a way that would've made Beyoncé proud: twerking. Ineye Komonibo,, 29 Apr. 2020 This is not about Lizzo being fat, twerking, or hating on her. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 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,, 31 Dec. 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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10 Jul 2021

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“Twerking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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