Jitterbug definition

jĭtər-bŭg
A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo swing or jazz music and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.
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One who performs this dance.
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To perform this dance.
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A dance for couples, esp. in the late 1930s and early 1940s, involving fast, acrobatic movements to swing music.
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(old, informal) A dancer of the jitterbug.
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To dance the jitterbug.
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A nervous or jittery person.
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A jazz musician or aficionado.
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An uptempo jazz or swing dance which embellishes on the two-step pattern and frequently incorporates acrobatic style swing steps.
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To dance the jitterbug.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of jitterbug - jidderbug

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jitterbug
Plural:
jitterbugs

Origin of jitterbug

  • From jitterbug heavy drinker who suffers from the jitters from jitter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From jitter + bug, after the 1934 Cab Calloway song Jitter Bug.

    From Wiktionary