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

  • transitive v. To hit or strike.
  • n. A blow; a punch.
  • n. A post-World War II style of jazz characterized by rhythmic and harmonic complexity, improvised solo performances, and a brilliant style of execution.
  • intransitive v. To dance or move to the beat of this music.
  • intransitive v. Slang To go: bopped off to the movies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very light smack, blow or punch.
  • v. To gently or playfully strike someone or something.
  • n. A style of improvised jazz from the 1940s.
  • v. To dance to this music, or indeed any sort of popular music with a strong beat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940).

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

  • v. dance the bebop
  • v. hit hard
  • n. the law enforcement agency of the Justice Department that operates a nationwide system of prisons and detention facilities to incarcerate inmates sentenced to imprisonment for federal crimes
  • n. an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940)


Short for bebop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
imitative of the sound made (Wiktionary)
shortened from bebop (Wiktionary)


  • And sometimes my pieces actually have chord changes, though not like in bop — more like a set of bass lines or a general harmonic movement of some kind.

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  • Lawmaker: Ban BP from outer continental shelf due to 'lethal' behavior jack wrote: I thought the bop was a last resort ... Chronicle

  • You could ask the guy who put the 'bop' in the 'bop shoo bop shoo bop' -- who *was* that man?

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  • I demand an apology immediately, lest the rest of this blog's posters forever brand you a cretinous misogynist with borderline racist tendenciesyou were very specific in your suggestion that I should "bop" for COLOMBIAN hookers.

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  • P.P.S: The insinuation that I "bop" for hookers of any nationality is both horribly insulting and incredibly crude.

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  • Then she pulled out the flask with brandy in it, and her hand shook so that the spirit splashed about in the flask, and then she took such a gulp, that it went 'bop' in her throat.

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  • Bebop, or simply "bop," came about in the 1940s as an attempt to move jazz from its danceable, popular, swing and ragtime origins into the realm of true "musician's music," into a more challenging musical expression combining elements of the avant-garde and heavy improvisation.

  • Four pioneers of modern jazz standing abreast beneath the awning at Minton's Playhouse, the house that "bop" allegedly built.

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  • He will probably "bop" his head against your chest a few times, and then start sliding down toward one breast.

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  • Of course, using buzzwords like 'bop' certainly do help.

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