n. Playing air guitar and singing to prerecorded music; playing air guitar in a public performance.
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In recent years, the air guitar has become a cult phenomenon, sparking air-eoke tournaments in cities across the nation.
—Christina Couch, “Why 'air guitar' is the new karaoke,” The Christian Science Monitor, June 30, 2006
There is no air guitar school (though there is an annual training camp prior to the world championship in Finland) and no secret formula, but I have established a monthly Aireoke night (see for details), which recently moved to Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Think of it as a farm system for the major leagues.
—Dan Crane, “Play That Funky … Oh, Never Mind,” The New York Times, July 10, 2005
2004 (earliest)
This just in: Tempest nightclub in WeHo just added Aireoke to its Monday night menu. That's right, you play air guitar while singing karaoke (in other words, Air Guitar + Karaoke = Aireoke).
—Heidi Siegmund Cuda, “Buzz Clubs,” Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2004
Aireoke ™ is a trademark held by Dan Crane, the author of the New York Times citation. The addition of the first e in aireoke might seem puzzling — shouldn't it be airaoke? — but it's there because a fair number (although, to be sure, still a tiny percentage) of people use kareoke instead of karaoke.
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