twerk

[ twurk ]
/ twɜrk /

verb (used without object) Slang.

to dance to hip-hop or pop music in a very sensual way typically by thrusting or shaking the buttocks and hips while in a squatting or bent-over position.

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Origin of twerk

1990–95, Americanism; possibly an alteration of work, as in “Work it”; may be related to the earlier (1820-30) sense “a twisting or jerking movement,” from twist + jerk1
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