follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

break dancing

noun
1.
a style of acrobatic dancing originating in the mid-1970s, often performed to rap music usually by teenage males in the streets, and characterized by intricate footwork, pantomime, spinning headstands, tumbling, and elaborate improvised virtuosic movements.
Also, breakdancing.
Also called break, breaking.
Origin
sense of break unclear; cf. breakdown (def 6)
Related forms
break dancer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for break dancing
  • And he's now doing the famous moonwalk, which he picked up from break dancing.
  • They used to set them up and turn them up as loud as they could for break dancing.
Word Origin and History for break dancing
n.

1982, but the style itself evolved late 1970s in South Bronx. The reference is to the rhythmic break in a pop-dance song (see break (n.)), which the DJs isolated and the dancers performed to. Breakdown "a riotous dance, in the style of the negroes" is recorded from 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for break dancing

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for break

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends