Word of the Week – Twerk

I’m sure everyone has heard of this new word, Twerk, which has made it to the Oxford Dictionary, but do we all know what it means to Twerk?  The first time I heard of “Twerk” was from the Miley Cyrus music video, Wrecking Ball.  I found the definition of Twerk as per the Oxford Dictionary and decided that this will be my word of the week.


New words: August 2013

Pronunciation: /twəːk/


[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


1990s: probably an alteration of work