Origin of cancan
Examples from the Web for cancan
No rag-time was danced in those days, but early in the morning we had plenty of the cancan.The Autobiography of a Thief|Hutchins Hapgood
The women who disport in the cancan at the same place are simply hired by the season.
Only this morning I open the ice box and they were all dancing the cancan.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)|Henry Watterson
From Sir Thomas's description one would imagine that the Cancan was habitually danced at the balls he frequents.Red as a Rose is She|Rhoda Broughton
One young woman startles the crowd by announcing that she will dance the cancan for half a dollar.
British Dictionary definitions for cancan
Word Origin for cancan
Word Origin and History for cancan
also can-can, 1848, from French, possibly from can, a French children's word for "duck" (cf. canard), via some notion of "waddling" too obscure or obscene to attempt to disentangle here. Or perhaps from French cancan (16c.) "noise, disturbance," echoic of quacking.