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verb (1)

bopped; bopping


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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

: jazz characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines, and constant shifting of accent and often played at very rapid tempos
bopper noun


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verb (2)

bopped; bopping

intransitive verb

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

Examples of bop in a Sentence

Verb (1) she playfully bopped him on the head Noun (1) a bop to the printer sometimes fixes it
Recent Examples on the Web
Whitfield was last seen on Traitors being lied to dead-in-the-face by friend and fellow RHOA alum Phaedra Parks, who bops between Real Housewives of Dubai and Married to Medicine, so Sherée and her joggers should have a place to eventually land. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 15 May 2024 Last weekend as the birthday party began to bop, several speakers shared their remembrances of Hepburn’s legacy with the crowd. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 15 May 2024 Hundreds of high school recruits and former players milled about on the field, some bopping to the pulsating music. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2024 Accompanying Mama Odie was a bopping Juju, a snake companion who was bouncing over a plate of beignets, forked tongue hanging out in a dry but convincing drool. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Send any news, comments, three years to bop around space, and your best take on Irish coffee to Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2024 From there, bop back over to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and check out the rest of Hogsmeade before circling back around the park and hitting any other attractions on your list. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 Rambling has learned that the 35-year-old eatery, which has been bopping around various locations in recent years before settling on its current spot on Sunset Boulevard, has started collecting a surcharge just to taste a wine before ordering it, anywhere from $3 to $8, depending on the vintage. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 In videos posted to TikTok, Perry bops her head to the track and belts out the song’s chorus, as Rita Ora grooves next to her. Anna Chan, Billboard, 23 Feb. 2024
By then, Jimmie’s career was zooming [playing with the hard bop organists Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes and later as a sideman for the piano giant Erroll Garner]. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Musically, expect the usual mix of pop bops, baroque ballads and club bangers. Glen Weldon, NPR, 9 May 2024 That’s why, for him, the music — even the soundtrack’s most lighthearted bops — didn’t feel like a parody. Cat Cardenas, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2024 Then it was extended at 2 a.m. Taylor Swift released her 11th era album on Friday ushering in new poetry with dagger-to-the heart ballads and fresh bops. USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2024 From infectious bops to poignant ballads, each track boasted a unique country twist, taking listeners on a diverse musical odyssey across its 27-song roster. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 In the bop, the artists go back and forth about moving on from their past relationships and being on another level. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024 There’s just different kinds of bops for different reasons. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 Fan voting will determine this year’s best lyrics, best music video, best fan army, social star award, favorite tour photographer, TikTok bop of the year, favorite on screen, favorite tour style and favorite debut album. Thania Garcia, Variety, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Verb (1)


Noun (2)

short for bebop

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bop was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Bop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
bopped; bopping


2 of 2 noun
: a blow (as from a fist or club) that strikes a person

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