Main definitions of bop in English

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bop1

noun

informal
  • short for bebop
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 tone tended to be hard and harsh and lacked the varied coloration of the bop innovator Charlie Parker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An awesome bandleader, Eckstine first fronted a bop big band with musicians who established the vocabulary of modern jazz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These harmonies, however, fit into the jazz idiom just as bop made its way into the mainstream, enriching both.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone, including the characters, are better served by the hard bop than this bluesy, shapeless jazz, with its rare but painful false notes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The section ends almost whimsically with the band fixating upon a repeated bop riff and then finishing with an extended atonal blast.’
    • ‘Instead of advancing the case of hard bop like Blakey, he wanted to build bridges between rock, soul and jazz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His newest project, Ronnie Artur and his Orkestrio, is a faux bop, finger-snapping version of white jazz cool and spoken word collaboration.’

verb

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

    ‘bopping to the radio while they made breakfast’
    • ‘Hear your song come on and you start bopping and dancing.’
    • ‘Dad used to say I would bop to the beat on all fours when I was a baby.’
    • ‘In no time, everyone was singing and bopping along to their two singles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brian stuck some nineties dance music on and everyone was soon bopping around like idiots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had always liked bopping around at student discos - now I was graduating as a true clubber.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the disco floor, she energetically bumped, rocked and bopped; I tripped, stumbled and flopped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 people bopped, jigged, jived and pogoed to some excellent bands.’
    • ‘Their brand of pop rock with balls can still make you jump up and down and bop along.’
    • ‘In 1985, aged 20, she met her future husband while bopping on the dance floor and they were married four years later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd seemed to enjoy the band's set, with many at the stage front dancing and bopping around.’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
    boogie, jive, groove, disco, rock, pogo, mosh, stomp, hoof it
    get down, shake one's booty, cut a rug, cut the rug, slam-dance
    step it
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    1. 1.1 Move or travel energetically.
      ‘we had been bopping around the county all morning’
      • ‘I bopped around telling everyone that THIS WAS THE BEST MUSIC EVER MADE.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More importantly, there are some great energetic tunes here that you can bop around to.’
      • ‘He did a Gary dance, and bopped joyfully along the sidewalk and across the street toward my house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Friday's traditional end-of-year concert saw around 75 youngsters strut their stuff on stage before bopping along to a disco.’
      • ‘With the radio tuned to an all-oldies station, they bopped across town and onto the Narrows Bridge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

1940s: shortening of bebop.

Pronunciation:

bop

/bäp/

Main definitions of bop in English

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bop2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Hit; punch lightly.

    ‘I warned him I'd bop him on the nose if he tried it’
    • ‘Some of them would cry and bop the others over the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Daria lightly bopped me on the head for my rather brash remark.’
    • ‘He lightly bopped his youngest daughter's little nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Andrew shook his head in disapproval and bopped me on the forehead with his index finger.’
    • ‘I gaped at him in surprise as Trent bopped him hard on the back of the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I turned around and bopped him on the head with my cue.’
    • ‘He bopped her lightly on the arm with a mock smile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was someone going to bop me on the head to take my change?’
    • ‘She never tried to hide her feelings, but isn't so rude or so brutally honest you feel like bopping her on her head.’
    • ‘Right after he said that, Amy bopped him over the head lightly.’
    • ‘Besides, Al would've bopped him in the nose if he didn't get to participate, one way or another.’
    • ‘Another misleading gut feeling, he thought, bopping his head with a book.’
    • ‘Instead he held out his fist, letting his friend bop his fist onto it.’
    • ‘‘Please wake up!’ cried Charlie, bopping him lightly over the head with her flashlight.’
    • ‘‘No, silly,’ Claire said, lightly bopping her knuckles on Mark's head.’

noun

informal
  • A blow or light punch.

    • ‘Suddenly, Dey leapt upon his younger brother and gave him a bop on the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whenever I tried to take food between meals when I was a boy, I was scolded and got a bop on the head.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1930s: imitative.

Pronunciation:

bop

/bäp/