Definition of shoegazing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃuːɡeɪzɪŋ/
(also shoegaze /ˈʃuːɡeɪz/)


[mass noun]
A style of rock music characterized by a sound in which the distinctions between separate instruments and vocals are blurred: we’re influenced by an array of different genres ranging from shoegazing to 90s acid house a rich sound that encompasses elements of shoegaze, psychedelia, and krautrock [as modifier]: a post-punk shoegaze band
More example sentences
  • Now the history books tell us grunge killed off shoegazing.
  • The link between electronica and shoegazing is made more explicit every day.
  • But shoegazing is not exactly Pete's style.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃuːɡeɪzə/
Example sentences
  • Over the past few years, the Dandy Warhols have gone from precocious shoegazers to frontrunners.
  • With former Ride frontman Mark Gardener touring the world performing old Ride numbers, shoegazers seem to be in a good place at the moment.
  • Medicine emerged at the start of the 90s as common-or-garden shoegazers.


1990s: from the supposed tendency of the performers to look down (especially in order to operate guitar effects pedals) rather than at the audience.

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