Katherine Connor Martin, speaking for The Oxford Dictionaries, says the word “twerking” is two decades old. “There are many theories about the origin of this word,” she says, “and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure. We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.” The word will be added to the Oxford dictionaries as part of its quarterly update, which includes such new words as “selfie,” the word that describes pouty cellphone self-portraits, “digital detox” for time spent way from Facebook and Twitter, and “Bitcoin,” the nationless electronic currency. The venerated Oxford English Dictionary probably won’t be adding “twerk” to its pages for a while. But you’ll def find this def in other dictionaries:
Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.