langarm, adjective, adverb, and noun

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AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, lang long + arm arm.
A. adjective Occasionally also lang arme (attributive). Of, in, or pertaining to a style of dancing, often accompanied by boeremusiek (sense 1), in which the dancing partners, with hands clasped, extend their leading arms horizontally and move rapidly round the dance-floor; long-arm.
1977 Dance with Meteors (record cover)The diamond city’s Meteors are falling stars with a difference for Kimberley’s ‘langarm’ dancing public have seen to it that they are here to stay.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 29 Dec. 11Old Year’s Eve to New Year. Lang Arme Ball at Reflections, Hotel Jubilee.
1985 D. Smuts in Fair Lady 18 Sept.A whole row of Stellenbosch ballgowns..redolent of exhilarating evenings of real langarm dancing.
1987 Sunday Times 12 Apr. (Extra) 4Bobby..just smiled as Jerry Sloane of Gallo handed him his gold disc..for his contribution to langarm music.
1987 Sunday Times 12 Apr. (Extra)On the look-out for a marimba band, a langarm band,..and any other band or singer who plays music that is distinctively South African.
1987 Grocott’s Mail 14 Aug. 12Ruby’s Dance Club — Saturday Night. Langarm dancing. Live Band.
1989 C. Chapman in Edgars Club Apr. 45Traditional sounds..are expressed today in many different forms, from the singing of the troupes to jazz to langarm dance music.
1990 M. Van Kuik in Fair Lady 15 Aug. 65The Turkish Riviera...Langarm dancing...Chilled grapes.
1992 Weekend Post 9 May (Leisure) 1The hotel has the largest dance floor I have seen in many years — the old-fashioned langarm kind.
B. adverb In the dance style described above.
1982 D. Kramer Short Back & Sides 8I watched the grown-ups on a Saturday night dancing langarm across the sawdust floor and listened in awe to the squeal of the saxaphone, the slap of the double bass and the thud of the drums of the local jazz band.
1987 Informant, Jeffrey’s BayLet’s go langarm around the dance floor.
C. noun This dance-style. See also sakkie-sakkie noun sense b.
1994 Sunday Times 30 Jan. 34 (advt)Tiekiedraais and sakkie sakkie. When it’s time to skop ’n bietjie, wragtig there’s nothing like a boereorkes and a concertina to bring out the ‘vastrap’, ‘langarm’ or ‘tiekiedraai’ in you.
Of, in, or pertaining to a style of dancing, often accompanied by boeremusiek (sense 1), in which the dancing partners, with hands clasped, extend their leading arms horizontally and move rapidly round the dance-floor; long-arm.
In the dance style described above.
This dance-style.

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