buck and wing


a tap dance derived in style from Irish clog dances and Black social dances, marked especially by vigorous hopping, flinging of the legs, and clicking of the heels.

Origin of buck and wing

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Words nearby buck and wing

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Example sentences from the Web for buck and wing

  • Roland's heart executed the opening steps of a buck-and-wing dance.

    A Man of Means|P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • Whereupon two or three youngsters jumped out and performed a good imitation of a buck-and-wing dance.

    Negritos of Zambales|William Allan Reed
  • For he heard in there sounds pertaining to his own art—the light, stirring staccato of a buck-and-wing dance.

  • Bottger insisted that the buck-and-wing and the double shuffle and other forms of jiggery were low.

British Dictionary definitions for buck and wing

buck and wing


US a boisterous tap dance, derived from Black and Irish clog dances
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