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[ bop ]
/ bɒp /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object), bopped, bop·ping.
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 bop

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1945–50, Americanism;(be)bop

Other definitions for bop (2 of 2)

bop2
[ bop ]
/ bɒp /
Slang.

verb (used with object), bopped, bop·ping.
to strike, as with the fist or a stick; hit.
noun
a blow.

Origin of bop

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First recorded in 1935–40; variant of bob3
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British Dictionary definitions for bop (1 of 2)

bop1
/ (bɒp) /

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

Derived forms of bop

bopper, noun

Word Origin for bop

C20: shortened from bebop

British Dictionary definitions for bop (2 of 2)

bop2
/ (bɒp) informal /

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

Word Origin for bop

C19: of imitative origin
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