\ ˈbäp How to pronounce bop (audio) \
bopped; bopping

Definition of bop

 (Entry 1 of 4)

Definition of bop (Entry 2 of 4)

: a blow (as with the fist or a club) that strikes a person

Definition of bop (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : jazz characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines, and constant shifting of accent and often played at very rapid tempos
bopped; bopping

Definition of bop (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to go quickly or unceremoniously : pop bop into the corner store often used with off
2 : to dance or shuffle along to or as if to bop music

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Other Words from bop

Noun (2)

bopper noun

First Known Use of bop

Verb (1)

1928, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1932, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bop

Verb (1)

imitative

Noun (2)

short for bebop

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“Bop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bop. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for bop

bop

verb
\ ˈbäp How to pronounce bop (audio) \
bopped; bopping

Kids Definition of bop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: hit entry 1 sense 1 And I'm ready to bop them on the head, squeaked Mole, grabbing a stick.— Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

bop

noun

Kids Definition of bop (Entry 2 of 2)

: hit entry 2 sense 1 a bop on the head

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