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1. 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.
2. One who performs this dance.
intr.v. jit·ter·bugged, jit·ter·bug·ging, jit·ter·bugs
To perform this dance.
[From jitterbug, heavy drinker who suffers from the jitters, from jitter.]
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1. (Dancing) a fast jerky American dance, usually to a jazz accompaniment, that was popular in the 1940s
2. (Dancing) a person who dances the jitterbug
3. a highly nervous or excitable person
vb, -bugs, -bugging or -bugged
(Dancing) (intr) to perform such a dance
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n., v. -bugged, -bug•ging. n.
1. a strenuously acrobatic jazz dance marked by standardized steps along with twirls, splits, and somersaults.
2. a person who dances the jitterbug.v.i.
3. to dance the jitterbug.
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Past participle: jitterbugged
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A variation on the two-step, it was the link between swing and rock’n’roll. Its distinct style is marked by strenuous movements and occasional acrobatics.
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|Noun||1.||jitterbug - a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s|
social dancing - dancing as part of a social occasion
|Verb||1.||jitterbug - do the jitterbug|
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