A rollicking French party followed by indecorous or extravagant postures and motions
- a high-kicking party of French beginning performed by women chorus range
- A rollicking French party, followed closely by indecorous or extravagant postures and gestures.
also can-can, 1848, from French, possibly from can, a French youngsters' word for "duck" (see canard), via some idea of "waddling" too obscure or obscene to try to disentangle right here. Or maybe from French cancan (16c.) "noise, disruption," echoic of quacking.