bop

1 of 4

verb (1)

bopped; bopping

bop

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noun (1)

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

bop

3 of 4

noun (2)

1
: jazz characterized by harmonic complexity, convoluted melodic lines, and constant shifting of accent and often played at very rapid tempos
2
bopper noun

bop

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verb (2)

bopped; bopping

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

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

imitative

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bop. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

bop 1 of 2

verb

bopped; bopping

bop

2 of 2

noun

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

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