Definitions for jitterbugˈdʒɪt ərˌbʌg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jit•ter•bugˈdʒɪt ərˌbʌg(n.; v.)-bugged, -bug•ging.

  1. (n.)a strenuously acrobatic jazz dance marked by standardized steps along with twirls, splits, and somersaults.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a person who dances the jitterbug.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. (v.i.)to dance the jitterbug.

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jitterbug(verb)

    a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s

  2. jitterbug(verb)

    do the jitterbug


  1. jitterbug(Noun)

    A nervous or jittery person.

  2. jitterbug(Noun)

    A jazz musician or aficionado.

  3. jitterbug(Noun)

    An uptempo jazz or swing dance which embellishes on the two-step pattern and frequently incorporates acrobatic style swing steps.

  4. jitterbug(Verb)

    To dance the jitterbug.

  5. Origin: From jitter + bug, after the 1934 Cab Calloway song Jitter Bug.


  1. Jitterbug

    The Jitterbug is a kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early twentieth century and is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jive, and East Coast Swing.


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