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rockabilly

[ rok-uh-bil-ee ]
/ ˈrɒk əˌbɪl i /
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noun

a style of popular music combining the features of rock-'n'-roll and hillbilly music.

Nearby words

rock-garden, rock-hound, rock-ribbed, rock-salt, rock-shelter, rockabilly, rockall, rockaway, rockefeller, rockefeller, john d., rockefeller, john davison

Origin of rockabilly

1955–60, Americanism; rock(-'n'-roll) + -a- connective + (hill)billy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rockabilly

  • The ambiance is almost asexual as rockabilly and Motown play in the background.

    Women, It's Time to Reclaim Our Breasts|Emily Shire|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • This unique combo of rockabilly seediness and (young) Frank Sinatra glamour, fit Johnny like a Pleather glove.

    Dead Cool: Johnny Thunders|Simon Doonan|February 5, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for rockabilly

rockabilly

/ (ˈrɒkəˌbɪlɪ) /

noun

  1. a fast, spare style of White rock music which originated in the mid-1950s in the US South
  2. (as modifier)a rockabilly number

Word Origin for rockabilly

C20: from rock (and roll) + (hill) billy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rockabilly

rockabilly


n.

1956, from noun sense of rock (n.2) in the music sense + second element abstracted from hillbilly music. One of the first uses is in a "Billboard" item about Johnny Burnette's "Lonesome Train."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper