Definition of twerk in English:

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Pronunciation: /twərk/
(also twirk) informal


[no object]
Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance: just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song twerk it girl, work it girl
More example sentences
  • We can't wait to whistle while she twerks.
  • Anyway, the ladies are still in Vegas, where Brandi is on a mission to help women twerk their way to empowerment.
  • "All right, I can't sing, I can't act, I'm dumb, I'm a hillbilly, but I can twerk, so whatever!"


A dance or dance move involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance: between flaunting their curves and doing a little twerk here and there, the dancers' rendition of the video was quite impressive
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  • She's a girl who has obviously mastered the art of the twerk.
  • She did nary a twerk nor a twist.
  • It took a bit of persuasion but Nic finally gave her a little twerk.


Early 19th century (as noun in the sense 'a twitching or jerking motion'): perhaps a blend of twitch or twist and jerk1; in modern sense probably influenced by work.

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Syllabification: twerk

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