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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of blues piano playing characterized by an up-tempo rhythm, a repeated melodic pattern in the bass, and a series of improvised variations in the treble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a style of blues piano music
  • n. a style of swing dance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)

Etymologies

Possibly from Black West African English (Sierra Leone) bogi(-bogi), to dance; possibly akin to Hausa buga, to beat drums.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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