[ boo-guh-loo ]

  1. a genre of Latin music and dance originating in New York City and popular in the 1960s, combining Latin American musical styles with elements of rhythm and blues and other African American music.

  2. an improvisational dance style originating in Chicago, popular in African American communities in Oakland and elsewhere in California in the 1960s through 1980s, and being the basis for many later street dance styles.

Origin of boogaloo

First recorded in 1965–70; origin uncertain; possibly an elaboration of boogie or boogie-woogie

Words Nearby boogaloo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023