Main definitions of bop in English

: bop1bop2

bop1

noun

informal
  • short for bebop
    • ‘Instead of advancing the case of hard bop like Blakey, he wanted to build bridges between rock, soul and jazz.’
    • ‘Everyone, including the characters, are better served by the hard bop than this bluesy, shapeless jazz, with its rare but painful false notes.’
    • ‘But even when Chenaux is plucking out his excellent tension, the rest of the band generally keeps it cool and hip on the bop tip.’
    • ‘An awesome bandleader, Eckstine first fronted a bop big band with musicians who established the vocabulary of modern jazz.’
    • ‘By the time she is stomping to ‘You're So Square’ or bringing the bop with the magnificent Mingus track ‘God Must Be a Boogie Man,’ she has won us over.’
    • ‘This collection dates from 1958, a period when hard bop & soul jazz were dominant in the contemporary jazz arena, and the roots of such music (the blues and gospel) are evident here.’
    • ‘The chameleonic Ribot shines in this setting with his unsurprisingly individual take on the bop guitar tradition.’
    • ‘The section ends almost whimsically with the band fixating upon a repeated bop riff and then finishing with an extended atonal blast.’
    • ‘Originally of the hard bop school, Ayers embraced the strains of black music coming from the radio, incorporating more R&B smoothness and disco push into his jazz-based playing.’
    • ‘These harmonies, however, fit into the jazz idiom just as bop made its way into the mainstream, enriching both.’
    • ‘So it's not surprising that after leading the cutting edge within soul jazz & hard bop, very little new ground has been broken since the 1960s and 70s.’
    • ‘Ninesense was lead by sax player Dean, whose long association with Soft Machine paralleled a solo career that mixed post bop, free jazz and rock influences.’
    • ‘Throughout, Metheny's guitar (often fitted with a strangely saxophone-like sound) battles it out with Ornette's alto in an edgy exchange of riffs, tumbling bop phrases and squeals.’
    • ‘His newest project, Ronnie Artur and his Orkestrio, is a faux bop, finger-snapping version of white jazz cool and spoken word collaboration.’
    • ‘His tone tended to be hard and harsh and lacked the varied coloration of the bop innovator Charlie Parker.’
    • ‘While Mazurek's early recordings showcased his ability as a player of straight bop inflected jazz, since then his concern seems to have been to strip away the extraneous.’
    • ‘Chet's was an economical, West Coast jazz style, unlike the hard bop of the East Coast which was much harder, faster and higher.’
    • ‘But his self-appointed mission to restore to jazz a cultural-political clout it had in the first bop era and in the free-jazz of the 1960s makes him something considerably bigger.’
    • ‘As the Vandermark reference suggests, what makes this band a joy to listen to is that they are part of that fraction of the jazz world that is not afraid to combine the energies unleashed by both bop and free jazz in a joyous mix.’
    • ‘It's got a bop feel in the walking bass and the vibe hits, but the three singers find a whole new way to construct post-rock eeriness.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1Dance to pop music.

    ‘bopping to the radio while they made breakfast’
    • ‘In 1985, aged 20, she met her future husband while bopping on the dance floor and they were married four years later.’
    • ‘Their brand of pop rock with balls can still make you jump up and down and bop along.’
    • ‘Brian stuck some nineties dance music on and everyone was soon bopping around like idiots.’
    • ‘The entire crowd was in a constant groove, heads bopping and legs kicking up doing the twist, swing dancing, and just plain old quaking and shaking.’
    • ‘I had always liked bopping around at student discos - now I was graduating as a true clubber.’
    • ‘Dad used to say I would bop to the beat on all fours when I was a baby.’
    • ‘On the disco floor, she energetically bumped, rocked and bopped; I tripped, stumbled and flopped.’
    • ‘Audience members can't avoid the urge to dance after watching the band bop around on stage, in time to the good ol' cow tunes.’
    • ‘But there he was in her living room bopping along to the music in an absurd little dance the likes of which she hadn't seen since high school.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 people bopped, jigged, jived and pogoed to some excellent bands.’
    • ‘In no time, everyone was singing and bopping along to their two singles.’
    • ‘Bars keep bopping until three or four in the morning, but those who want to dance the night away can keep going until sunrise at one of the nightclubs or discos in the town.’
    • ‘According to Bu-Ah-Kui's chatelaine, Hsiao Shu-hua, the place is bopping until three or four in the morning, serving up a stunning variety of conventional and exotic foods.’
    • ‘Hear your song come on and you start bopping and dancing.’
    • ‘Licensing magistrates granted a Section 77 to the riverside pub, giving drinkers a chance to stay there until the witching hour three days a week, with the chance to bop on the dance floor or guzzle the substantial food.’
    • ‘Inside it's split over three levels and more hectic, with weekend clubbers cramming in to bop and bounce to everything from house to hip-hop.’
    • ‘Clubbers bopped on the open air, split-level dance floor until the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘These were barely needed as soon everyone was down in the basement bopping on the dance floor or bobbing in the dark room.’
    • ‘The crowd seemed to enjoy the band's set, with many at the stage front dancing and bopping around.’
    • ‘This is the room that Graham's been quietly making over this past week and a bit, while bopping away to a succession of CDs.’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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    1. 1.1 Move or travel energetically.
      ‘we had been bopping around the county all morning’
      • ‘More importantly, there are some great energetic tunes here that you can bop around to.’
      • ‘I started on the second floor and made my way up to the fourth, at a fairly quick pace, weaving and bopping around the crowd.’
      • ‘Friday's traditional end-of-year concert saw around 75 youngsters strut their stuff on stage before bopping along to a disco.’
      • ‘He did a Gary dance, and bopped joyfully along the sidewalk and across the street toward my house.’
      • ‘With the radio tuned to an all-oldies station, they bopped across town and onto the Narrows Bridge.’
      • ‘Too bad we're starting to move that week or I would bop on down to this great show in a sunny land that knows not snow.’
      • ‘One of the nurses of the ward, a tall woman whose social life rests with her three kids - yep, even I've seen the awful pictures - bops up to the foot of my bed.’
      • ‘The two leaned against the bar in awkward silence until Claire came bopping over.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters were able to shop and bop until they dropped as the sweet sound of a 100-voice choir singing a cappella filled The Lowry Designer Outlet at Salford Quays.’
      • ‘I bopped around telling everyone that THIS WAS THE BEST MUSIC EVER MADE.’
      • ‘It's time to put recent hurts firmly and finally behind you--life's bopping along quite nicely right now, and this week won't make waves if you don't.’

Origin

1940s: shortening of bebop.

Pronunciation

bop

/bäp//bɑp/

Main definitions of bop in English

: bop1bop2

bop2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Hit; punch lightly.

    ‘I warned him I'd bop him on the nose if he tried it’
    • ‘At the height of the craze, I stood on the North Bank at Highbury in a forest of bananas, watching awestruck as they celebrated another goal going in by either bopping your neighbour over the head, or simply chucking the thing in the air.’
    • ‘He bopped her lightly on the arm with a mock smile.’
    • ‘I gaped at him in surprise as Trent bopped him hard on the back of the head.’
    • ‘It seems the whole jungle community is counting on master sleuth Scott to find El Gato so they can promptly bop him on the head and steal it from him.’
    • ‘Down comes the Goddess Isis, and she says, ‘Little God Anubis, I don't want to see you picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head.’’
    • ‘He lightly bopped his youngest daughter's little nose.’
    • ‘I did try to help by folding his knees under him, but all that did was unbalance him and he ended up bopping the carpet with his nose.’
    • ‘Rainey bopped her brother on the back of the head then plopped down on the couch next to him.’
    • ‘I opened the refrigerator door and accidentally bopped The Princess with it.’
    • ‘After about another ten minutes of this oh-so-productive process, Skye finally stopped bopping her head against the steering wheel and began to allow thoughts into her thoroughly abused head.’
    • ‘The police had a relationship with these guys and they couldn't just arrest them and bop them on the head.’
    • ‘Was someone going to bop me on the head to take my change?’
    • ‘This gave me time to bop him on the nose to get him off me and hastily escape before he came back for more.’
    • ‘Instead he held out his fist, letting his friend bop his fist onto it.’
    • ‘She bopped the flowers on his head, but making sure it didn't ruin them.’
    • ‘In a bizarre scene during a popular costume race at Milwaukee Brewers games, he bopped a woman dressed as a huge Italian sausage with a bat and was booked for misdemeanor battery.’
    • ‘Daria lightly bopped me on the head for my rather brash remark.’
    • ‘Besides, Al would've bopped him in the nose if he didn't get to participate, one way or another.’
    • ‘Better than smile beatifically, she should have bopped him on the noggin with the nearest ornament.’
    • ‘She slipped and fell and bopped her nose off a rock.’
    • ‘Bopping them over the head with a James Bond drop-kick does not do much for anyone, other than stirring up more aggression in a potentially very aggressive situation.’
    • ‘Some of them would cry and bop the others over the head.’
    • ‘The bushy-haired driver bopped his partner on top of the head with a closed fist, and squealed the car to a shuddering halt at the right curb.’
    • ‘It's just too tiring to bop somebody on the nose.’
    • ‘Another misleading gut feeling, he thought, bopping his head with a book.’
    • ‘Fred bops him, as any red-blooded American choreographer would, but unfortunately Tom turns out to be an officer, and Fred's in the guardhouse.’
    • ‘Section 43 of the Canadian Criminal code allows adults to bop naughty children.’
    • ‘‘Please wake up!’ cried Charlie, bopping him lightly over the head with her flashlight.’
    • ‘The ball is slightly out of air because our school is too cheap to buy air pumps, and it keeps bopping my hard skull today.’
    • ‘‘No, silly,’ Claire said, lightly bopping her knuckles on Mark's head.’
    • ‘Too little force in the swing and the axe is liable to bounce back and bop you on the nose.’
    • ‘Okay, it's at this point when you bop me on my head for being stupid.’
    • ‘Andrew shook his head in disapproval and bopped me on the forehead with his index finger.’
    • ‘Oi, you at the back, stop muttering ‘no change there’ before I come over and bop you.’
    • ‘They could bop me on the head and pinch the whole lot.’
    • ‘I turned around and bopped him on the head with my cue.’
    • ‘Right after he said that, Amy bopped him over the head lightly.’
    • ‘Is it surprising that he has bopped a paparazzo on the nose?’
    • ‘She never tried to hide her feelings, but isn't so rude or so brutally honest you feel like bopping her on her head.’
    • ‘Perhaps he had met and dated some Asian women who had pandered to this stereotype for him, but it's still hard not to want to bop someone on the head who thinks this way.’

noun

informal
  • A blow or light punch.

    • ‘After a quick bop on the head, poor Fred becomes docile and co-operative.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Dey leapt upon his younger brother and gave him a bop on the head.’
    • ‘A sudden harsh wind blowing off the moor, an inattentive owner — no worries there — and off she'd blow, perhaps with a brief bop on the head with a flagpole for good measure.’
    • ‘Whenever I tried to take food between meals when I was a boy, I was scolded and got a bop on the head.’
    • ‘I told Kathryn to stay in her routine, then gave her a bop on the head with my yardage book and told her not to think too much.’
    • ‘All Zephyr had to do to quiet him was bop him softly on the arm, and he cried out in pain.’
    • ‘Each week long lines of people would come forward to witness and be welcomed and blessed as they come out—a little bop on the forehead to heal them from heterosexuality, and they would fall backward in the welcoming arms of other gay people.’
    • ‘You deserve a bop on the nose.’
    • ‘Fundi persistently approached the mound, but even little Gimli gave him a bop on the head when he attempted to join in the fishing.’
    • ‘Intially I assumed that it was deliberately harmful, but the more I think about it, perhaps it's intended more as the bop on the head from your zen master.’

Origin

1930s (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

bop

/bɑp//bäp/