jitterbug

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɪtə(ɹ)bʌɡ/

Noun[edit]

jitterbug (plural jitterbugs)

  1. (colloquial) A nervous or jittery person.
  2. (jazz) A jazz musician or aficionado.
  3. (dance) An uptempo jazz or swing dance which embellishes on the two-step pattern and frequently incorporates acrobatic style swing steps.
  4. Synonym of diddley bow

Verb[edit]

jitterbug (third-person singular simple present jitterbugs, present participle jitterbugging, simple past and past participle jitterbugged)

  1. To dance the jitterbug.

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