a strenuously acrobatic dance consisting of a few standardized steps augmented by twirls, splits, somersaults, etc., popular especially in the early 1940s and performed chiefly to boogie-woogie and swing.
a person who dances the jitterbug.
verb (used without object), jitterbugged, jitterbugging.
"swing dance," 1938, Amer.Eng., from Jitter bug, title of a song recorded by Cab Calloway in 1934. Related to jitters (pl.) "extreme nervousness," 1925, Amer.Eng., perhaps an alteration of dial. chitter "tremble, shiver," from M.E. chittern "to twitter, chatter." Jittery is 1931, Amer.Eng.