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verb [intransitive/transitive] informal twerk pronunciation in American English /twɜrk/
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present tense
present participletwerking
past tensetwerked
past participletwerked
  1. 1
    to bounce the hips up and down while dancing, causing the buttocks to shake and wobble
    It’s a tune the girls can twerk to.
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  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to dance by moving the hips in a sexually suggestive way
    Miley Cyrus' twerking on stage caused quite an uproar.
    Submitted by David K. from United States on 30/08/2013

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