boogie-woogie

noun
boo·​gie-woo·​gie | \ ˌbu̇-gē-ˈwu̇-gē How to pronounce boogie-woogie (audio) , ˌbü-gē-ˈwü-gē \

Definition of boogie-woogie

: 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

First Known Use of boogie-woogie

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boogie-woogie

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The first known use of boogie-woogie was in 1928

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“Boogie-woogie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boogie-woogie. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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boogie-woogie

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English Language Learners 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

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