Jitterbug



[jit-er-buhg] /ˈdʒɪt ərˌbʌg/

noun
1.
a strenuously acrobatic dance consisting of a few standardized steps augmented by twirls, splits, somersaults, etc., popular especially in the early 1940s and performed chiefly to boogie-woogie and swing.
2.
a person who dances the jitterbug.
verb (used without object), jitterbugged, jitterbugging.
3.
to dance the jitterbug.
/ˈdʒɪtəˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
a fast jerky American dance, usually to a jazz accompaniment, that was popular in the 1940s
2.
a person who dances the jitterbug
3.
a highly nervous or excitable person
verb -bugs, -bugging, -bugged
4.
(intransitive) to perform such a dance
n.

popular type of fast swing dance, 1938, American English, from “Jitter Bug,” title of a song recorded by Cab Calloway in 1934. Probably the literal sense is “one who has the jitters” (see jitters; also cf. bug (n.)). Another sense current about this time was “swing music enthusiast.” As a verb from 1938.

noun

A devotee of swing music, esp one who dances to swing: Jitterbugs are the extreme swing addicts

verb

To dance to swing music: Do you feel like jitterbugging a little bit? (1930s+ Jive talk)

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