bebop

[ bee-bop ]
/ ˈbiˌbɒp /

noun Jazz.


Nearby words

  1. bebeerine,
  2. bebeeru,
  3. bebel,
  4. bebington,
  5. beboer,
  6. bebryces,
  7. bec,
  8. bec.,
  9. becalm,
  10. becalmed

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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British Dictionary definitions for bebop

bebop

/ (ˈbiːbɒp) /

noun

the full name for bop 1 (def. 1)
Derived Formsbebopper, noun

Word Origin for bebop

C20: imitative of the rhythm of the music

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Word Origin and History for bebop

bebop

n.

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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