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bop1

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noun
  1. 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.Compare cool jazz, hard bop, modern jazz, progressive jazz.
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verb (used without object), bopped, bop·ping.
  1. Slang. to move, go, or proceed (often followed by on down): Let's bop on down to the party.
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Origin of bop1

1945–50, Americanism; (be)bop

bop2

[bop]Slang.
verb (used with object), bopped, bop·ping.
  1. to strike, as with the fist or a stick; hit.
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noun
  1. a blow.
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Origin of bop2

First recorded in 1935–40; variant of bob3
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Examples from the Web for bop

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  • Once in a while to be sure a head grows a bit too big and then we all take a bop at it!

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple

  • There is another "p" and an "e" tacked on to Bop, but I have eliminated the unnecessary and call him "Bob" for short.

  • To “bop” means in the Suffolk dialect “to stoop or bow the head.”

  • The first tranche is available to any country, which demonstrates efforts to overcome its BOP problems.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • It is extended to members with BOP difficulties to support adjustment and reform policies and economic agendas.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for bop

bop1

noun
  1. a form of jazz originating in the 1940s, characterized by rhythmic and harmonic complexity and instrumental virtuosityOriginally called: bebop
  2. informal a session of dancing to pop music
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verb bops, bopping or bopped
  1. (intr) informal to dance to pop music
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Derived Formsbopper, noun

Word Origin

C20: shortened from bebop

bop2

verb bops, bopping or bopped
  1. (tr) to strike; hit
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noun
  1. a blow
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Word Origin

C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bop

n.

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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