verb (used without object), danced, danc·ing.
verb (used with object), danced, danc·ing.
Origin of dance
Synonyms for dance
Related Words for dancingsubmissive, deferential, inferior, hurtle, fling, bump, flop, jolt, bounce, snatch, wriggle, wiggle, wrench, lug, thrust, tug, twitch, wring, yank, dance
Examples from the Web for dancing
Contemporary Examples of dancing
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Pakistan was dancing for the U.S. dollar and joined up with it without any dignity.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
We arrived to the din of a party in full swing: a band, multiple kegs of beer, dancing, foosball, and mantle diving.
People milled about in various stages of inebriation, dancing, and shouting.
We are talking about public gatherings, people will be together, dancing, sweating, and touching each other.Liberian Senatorial Elections Defy Ebola
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of dancing
Papa used to think that she had no talent for anything but dancing.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It came in a most casual voice, despite the dancing delight in her face.Within the Law
Earlier in the evening there had been a Big Eating at Opata's, and now the men were dancing.
"It was good Medicine, too," spoke up the oldest of the dancing women.
At the last there were left three men and the dancing women.
- a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball
- (as modifier)a dance hall
Word Origin for dance
c.1300, from dance (v.).
c.1300, from Old French dancier (12c., Modern French danser), of unknown origin, perhaps from Low Frankish *dintjan and akin to Old Frisian dintje "tremble, quiver." A word of uncertain origin but which, through French influence in arts and society, has become the primary word for this activity from Spain to Russia (e.g. Italian danzare, Spanish danzar, Rumanian dansa, Swedish dansa, German tanzen).
In part the loanword from French is used mainly with reference to fashionable dancing while the older native word persists in use with reference to folk-dancing, as definitively Russ. pljasat' vs. tancovat' [Buck].
Replaced Old English sealtian, itself a borrowing from Latin saltare "to dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.); "dance" words frequently are derived from words meaning "jump, leap"). Related: Danced; dancing.
It is strange, and will, I am sure, appear to my readers almost incredible, that as far as I have ever read, there is no reference that can be identified as containing a clear allusion to dancing in any of our really ancient MS. books. [Eugene O'Curry, "On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish," vol. 2, p.406, 1873]
In addition to the idioms beginning with dance
- dance attendance on
- dance to another tune
- lead a chase (dance)
- song and dance