A man and woman dancing.



  • A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
  • A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.
  • The art, profession, and study of dancing.
  • A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  • A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.
  • A battle of wits, especially one commonly fought between two rivals.
  • Any strenuous or difficult movement, action, or task.
  • A normally horizontal stripe called a fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.


  • To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
  • To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
  • To perform the steps to.
  • To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
  • To make love or have sex.


Similar words


  • From Middle English dauncen, daunsen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman dauncer, dancer (compare Old French dancier), from Frankish *þansōn (compare Old High German dansōn), from Proto-West Germanic *þansōn, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tens- ("to stretch, pull"). Replaced Old English sealtian borrowed from Latin saltō. More at thin.

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