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noun Jazz.
  1. bop1.
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Origin of bebop

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; probably from the nonsense syllables typical of scat singing
Related formsbe·bop·per, noun
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  1. the full name for bop 1 (def. 1)
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Derived Formsbebopper, noun

Word Origin

C20: imitative of the rhythm of the music
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Word Origin and History for bebop


1944, from bebop, rebop, bop, nonsense words in jazz lyrics, attested from at least 1928. The style is associated with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

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