Definitions

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

  • n. A form of popular music combining features of rock 'n' roll and bluegrass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A genre of music originating from the South (United States) and mixing elements of rock, blues, country, hillbilly boogie and bluegrass music.
  • n. A member of the subculture associated with rockabilly music.

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

  • n. a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat

Etymologies

rock ('n' roll) + (hill)billy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of rock and hillbilly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term rockabilly is a portmanteau rock from rock 'n' roll and hillbilly, the latter a reference to the country music often called hillbilly music in the 1940s and 1950s that contributed strongly to the style's development.

    Archive 2008-09-07

  • The term rockabilly is a portmanteau of rock and hillbilly.

    Fashion World of SL

  • I forgot to mention in my show that rockabilly is also in the show.

    Stab at the Term

  • As he, along with such other talented artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Waylon Jennings, pioneers a fiercely original sound that became known as rockabilly, Cash begins a rough-and-tumble journey of personal transformation.

    Home Theater Forum

  • Encouraged by one-time tourmate Elvis Presley to sing the tougher strain of rhythmic country music known as rockabilly, Wanda Jackson was peerless in her field from the start.

    Dust of the Old, Boot Up the New

  • Their music is defined as rockabilly-infused punk, some blues, some rock and roll and, even some 1960's surfer-rock in the style of The Ventures - but always heavily steeped in camp.

    Right Pundits

  • The monster full of eyes is a reference to the Sheffield band I-Monster, and the rockabilly is a reference to Richard Hawley!

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  • And at that point, their sound was just sort of way more like what you're describing, sort of late '50s, early' 60s influenced, kind of rockabilly, garage rock type of thing.

    Raveonettes Bring the '60s Back

  • Comment aside: I severely dislike that term "rockabilly".

    Would someone please throw a party? - A Dress A Day

  • Aside from the "rockabilly" stuff and the creepy Jingoistic strain of country that showed up after 9-11-01, I like a surprising amount of it.

    Byzantium's Shores: chronicling the misadventures of an overalls-clad hippie

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