Definition of twerk in English:


(also twirk)


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 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’
    • ‘He gives the ladies something to twerk to on his new track.’
    • ‘It's not just gonna be somebody's cousin's boyfriend's sister twerking on the corner.’
    • ‘Anyway, the ladies are still in Vegas, where Brandi is on a mission to help women twerk their way to empowerment.’
    • ‘She'll have them twerking on the dance floor with this one.’
    • ‘We can't wait to whistle while she twerks.’
    • ‘But then it's back to the bars as Kendrick spits the second verse of his track while a beautifully built female twerks on the driver's side of his whip.’
    • ‘"All right, I can't sing, I can't act, I'm dumb, I'm a hillbilly, but I can twerk, so whatever!"’
    • ‘None of u have the nerve or the skills to twerk like her.’
    • ‘The girl begins to seriously twerk that thing.’
    • ‘The 20-year-old star shared a video of herself on Wednesday in which she twerks in a unicorn onesie.’


  • 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’
    • ‘Given the opportunity to show off his moves, Harry decided to break out the twerk - a dance move which involves moving the hips up and down.’
    • ‘The 35-year-old Hawaiian beauty was busy busting out the twerk moves on the beach in California alongside a couple of her good friends.’
    • ‘She did nary a twerk nor a twist.’
    • ‘It took a bit of persuasion but Nic finally gave her a little twerk.’
    • ‘She's a girl who has obviously mastered the art of the twerk.’


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