• (America) IPA: /twɛɹk/, [tw̥ɝk]
  • (RP) IPA: /twɜːk/, [tw̥ɜːk]

twerk (plural twerks)

  1. (slang, dated, US) A puny or insignificant person, generally male; a twerp.
    • 1932, Forum and Century vol. 87 :
      "But even then the poor twerk's whiskers and little eyes looked kind of wistful as if the clothes had got him and was taking him somewhere..."
    • 2003, Bernard Kamoroff, Small Time Operator , ISBN 0917510186, page 19,
      You don't need those twerks who walk in off the street.

twerk (plural twerks)

  1. A fitful movement similar to a twitch or jerk.
    • 1898, William Brigham, "Director's Report" in Occasional Papers of the Bernice Pauahi Museum vol. 1 no. 1, page 42:
      "Not so the Freycineti, who looked me over critically, elevated his head crest, and giving his tail an odd little twerk, proceeded to hop deliberately up the limb like a sap-sucker..."
  2. A dance involving sexual movements of the hips and buttocks

twerk (twerks, present participle twerking; past and past participle twerked)

  1. To twitch or jerk.
    • 1985, Criena Rohan, Down by the Docks ↗, page 151
      […] in the language of the unsophisticated Port Melbourne suburbanite a bed was still something primarily intended for love-making – all the eyebrow-raising and moustache-twerking in Jo'burg couldn't alter that.
    • 2005, Florence Hall Abssi, The Call ↗, page 613
      "He twerked an eyebrow at his wife."
  2. To move the body in a sexually suggestive twisting or gyrating fashion.
    • 2005, Euftis Emery, Off the Chain ↗, ISBN 1411630475, page 73,
      Gaea then stood up over me and turned so that her butt was facing me. She then had the nerve to start twerking.
    • 2006, Lawrence Christopher, Ghettoway Weekend ↗, ISBN 0971227845, page 96,
      "Shortie really knows how to twerk it don't she?" Marcus boasted, while still recording.
    • 2006, Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland, "SexyBack", FutureSex/LoveSounds
      Let me see what ya twerkin with
  3. To dance in a sexually suggestive manner, often involving rapid movement.
    • 2013, Nichole Smith, ABC News, High School Students Suspended for Twerking
      Twerking, as it is known in the hip-hop community, is a hard-hitting, rump-shaking dance move that celebrities including Beyonce and Miley Cyrus have been known to bust out, but it has also gotten a group of San Diego high school students suspended.
  • Portuguese: rebolar
  • Spanish: perrear, sandunguear

twerk (plural twerks)

  1. An abrupt call, such as that made by the California quail.

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