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[bop] /bɒp/
Also called bebop. early modern jazz developed in the early 1940s and characterized by often dissonant triadic and chromatic chords, fast tempos and eccentric rhythms, intricate melodic lines punctuated by pop-tune phrases, and emphasizing the inventiveness of soloists.
verb (used without object), bopped, bopping.
Slang. to move, go, or proceed (often followed by on down):
Let's bop on down to the party.
Origin of bop1
1945-50, Americanism; (be)bop


[bop] /bɒp/ Slang.
verb (used with object), bopped, bopping.
to strike, as with the fist or a stick; hit.
a blow.
First recorded in 1935-40; variant of bob3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bop


a form of jazz originating in the 1940s, characterized by rhythmic and harmonic complexity and instrumental virtuosity Originally called bebop
(informal) a session of dancing to pop music
verb bops, bopping, bopped
(intransitive) (informal) to dance to pop music
Derived Forms
bopper, noun
Word Origin
C20: shortened from bebop


verb bops, bopping, bopped
(transitive) to strike; hit
a blow
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bop

1948, shortening of bebop or rebop; as a verb, "play bop music, play (a song) in a bop style," from 1948. It soon came to mean "do any sort of dance to pop music" (1956). Related: Bopped; bopping.

The musical movement had its own lingo, which was in vogue in U.S. early 1950s. "Life" magazine [Sept. 29, 1952] listed examples of bop talk: crazy "new, wonderful, wildly exciting;" gone (adj.) "the tops--superlative of crazy;" cool (adj.) "tasty, pretty;" goof "to blow a wrong note or make a mistake;" hipster "modern version of hepcat;" dig "to understand, appreciate the subtleties of;" stoned "drunk, captivated, ecstatic, sent out of this world;" flip (v.) "to react enthusiastically." [Life Sept. 29, 1952]

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Slang definitions & phrases for bop



: a bop musician


  1. : a bop on the beezer (1930s+)
  2. A fight among gangs; rumble (1950s+ Street gang)
  3. The sex act; screw (1970s+)
  4. (also bebop) A style of modern jazz characterized by complex harmonies, sudden changes in register, the use of fast and nearly unintelligible lyrics, etc: Bop is ''cool'' jazz (1940s+ Jazz musicians)


  1. To strike, esp with the fist: Nina reached out and bopped her on the head/ I kept my temper in check, since bopping police chiefs wasn't good PR (1930s+)
  2. To defeat: The home team got bopped again (1980s+)
  3. : You gotta go on bopping and hanging around street corners all your life?
  4. : You told Esteva the cop was bopping his wife
  5. To walk or go, esp in a slow and relaxed mood: They bopped over to the bar (1950s+ Students)

Related Terms

diddlybop, hard bop, teenybopper, throw a fuck into someone


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