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boogie–woogie

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noun boo·gie–woo·gie \ˌbu̇-gē-ˈwu̇-gē, ˌbü-gē-ˈwü-gē\

Simple Definition of boogie–woogie

  • : a style of playing a type of music similar to jazz (called the blues) on the piano with a fast, strong, steady beat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of boogie–woogie

  1. :  a percussive style of playing blues on the piano characterized by a steady rhythmic ground bass of eighth notes in quadruple time and a series of improvised melodic variations

Origin of boogie–woogie

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1928


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