Definition of jitterbug noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪbʌɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪtərbʌɡ//
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a fast dance that was popular in the 1940s Word Origin1930s (originally US): from the verb jitter ‘to act nervously’ + bug. Culture The jitterbug was originally from the US and involved wild movements, with the women being lifted in the air. A version popular with African Americans was the Lindy or Lindy Hop.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jitterbug