Definitions

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  • n. A style of popular music characterized by a basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, drums, and vocals (generally with bass guitar). Generally used to refer to the 1950’s rock, and rock of its style, quite close to swing.
  • n. Style of vigorous dancing associated with this 1950’s music.
  • n. An intangible feeling, philosophy, belief or allegiance relating to rock music (generally from the 1970s–1980s), and heavy metal bearing certain elements of this music, pertaining to unbridled enthusiasm, cynical regard for certain Christian and authoritarian bodies, and attitudes befitting some degree of youthful debauchery. This meaning is sometimes used as an exclamation, in describing traits of certain people, and so on.
  • n. (rhyming slang) dole.
  • v. To play rock and roll music.
  • v. To have sex.
  • v. To start, commence, begin, get moving.

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  • n. a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western

Etymologies

From rock (move back and forth) + and + roll; originally a verb phrase common among African Americans, meaning "to have sexual intercourse"; it was a euphemism with a hidden meaning that appeared in song titles and dance styles since the early 1930’s. As a name for a specific style of popular music from c.1954, coined by disc jockey Alan Freed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Didn’t know how to spell, didn’t know how to play but could accompany himself on the gee-tar and so forth and that’s how rock and roll was born.25

    Grand Theft Childhood

  • She couldn't figure it — that somebody who wore black leather and tapped the tops of his beer cans with such elegant fingers could live in a place with white Conran furniture, rock and roll posters on the wall, and a metal sea gull statue.

    Manhattan Is My Beat

  • He told me that when Susan Baker and Tipper Gore were exposing the dangerous, sick, ugly words that were hidden in the rock and roll music that the kids are listening to, Hustler magazine had a picture of the two of them as “A—h-l-s of the Month.”

    Barbara Bush

  • I watched Mary, her face expressionless and carefully not looking at me, button my shirt-cuffs — with both wrists bandaged and my fingers heavily scratched it was a bit much for me — and went on, "Well, it'll certainly provide the British public with a conversational change from the football pools, what so-and-so said on TV last night and the latest rock and roll sensation."

    The Satan Bug

  • I followed Gus on his first ever rock and roll tour—with his deathcore quintet Funereal Winch—which took him and his $150 bass paid for by a miserable summer working at Quiznos through suburban Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, and I followed him through all the exploded friendships and busted feelings that resulted from it.

    Miss Misery

  • With the West no longer completely cut off, Czech youth immediately tapped into the vibrant Western youth culture wearing Texasskis — blue jeans — and going to clubs to hear the big beat, as rock and roll was called.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • She could hear the shuffling at the door, the rock and roll playing in the limo, the bong bubbling, lines being chopped on a CD case, and a male voice repeating the phrase "sweet blue titties" over and over like a mantra.

    You Suck

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  • I say that. Too often, because it doesn't suit me. Maybe if I had a ponytail.

    April 10, 2013

  • also used as an interjection, meaning "let us begin"

    April 10, 2013

  • I've got no kick againt modern jazz
    Unless they try to play it too darn fast
    And change the beauty of the melody
    Until it sounds just like a symphony
    That's why I go for that
    Rock and roll music
    Any old way you choose it
    It's got a backbeat, you can't lose it
    Any old time you use it
    It's gotta be rock and roll music
    If you want to dance with me
    If you want to dance with me

    -Chuck Berry

    January 27, 2007