doo-wop

[ doo-wop ]
/ ˈduˌwɒp /
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noun Popular Music.

a style of small-group vocal harmonizing, commercialized as a type of so-called street singing in the 1950s, in which words and nonsense syllables are chanted in rhythmic harmony to support the stylized melody of the lead singer.

Nearby words

  1. donus,
  2. donut,
  3. donzel,
  4. doo,
  5. doo-doo,
  6. doob,
  7. doobie,
  8. dooced,
  9. doodad,
  10. doodah

Origin of doo-wop

representing the chanted syllables

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British Dictionary definitions for doo-wop

doo-wop

/ (ˈduːˌwɒp) /

noun

rhythm-and-blues harmony vocalizing developed by unaccompanied street-corner groups in the US in the 1950s

Word Origin for doo-wop

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for doo-wop

doo-wop

1958, from the nonsense harmony phrases sung under the vocal lead (this one attested from mid-1950s).

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