jitterbug

[ jit-er-buhg ]
/ ˈdʒɪt ərˌbʌg /

noun

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.
a person who dances the jitterbug.

verb (used without object), jit·ter·bugged, jit·ter·bug·ging.

to dance the jitterbug.

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Origin of jitterbug

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; jitter + bug1

OTHER WORDS FROM jitterbug

jit·ter·bug·ger, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jitterbug

jitterbug
/ (ˈdʒɪtəˌbʌɡ) /

noun

a fast jerky American dance, usually to a jazz accompaniment, that was popular in the 1940s
a person who dances the jitterbug
a highly nervous or excitable person

verb -bugs, -bugging or -bugged

(intr) to perform such a dance
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