a lively dance with much high kicking done by women entertainers, originally in Paris dance halls in the late 19th cent.
Origin of cancanFrench from uncertain or unknown; perhaps child's term for “duck” (see canard)
An exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and marked by high kicking.
Origin of cancanFrench
(third-person singular simple present cancans, present participle cancanning, simple past and past participle cancanned)
- To dance the cancan.