- 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.
- Slang. to move, go, or proceed (often followed by on down): Let's bop on down to the party.
Origin of bop1
- to strike, as with the fist or a stick; hit.
- a blow.
Origin of bop2
Examples from the Web for bopping
It was superficial and jumpy and herky-jerky, bopping all over the place.Debate III: Obama Wins, But Does It Do Him Any Good?
October 23, 2012
They came in bouncing, bubbly, bopping off him like popcorn.New York's Next First Lady?
April 21, 2010
They had been perfectly normal juvenile delinquents, stealing cars and bopping a stray policeman or two.Occasion for Disaster
Gordon Randall Garrett
- 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
- (intr) informal to dance to pop music
- (tr) to strike; hit
- a blow
Word Origin and History for 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]