Main definitions of gabba in US English:

: gabba1gabba2

gabba1

(also gabba house, gabba techno)

noun

  • A form of harsh, aggressive house music characterized by an extremely fast beat.

    ‘a sound system played gabba from the back of a van’
    ‘I can listen to gabba house for about half an hour and then I get a headache’
    ‘German rhymes barked over relentless gabba techno’

Origin

1990s: Dutch gabber, from slang use ‘mate, lad’ (see gabba).

Pronunciation

gabba

/ˈɡabə/

Main definitions of gabba in US English:

: gabba1gabba2

gabba2

noun

South African
informal
  • A friend.

    ‘I've just come to tell my gabbas I'm still around’

Origin

1970s: Afrikaans, from Dutch slang gabber ‘mate, lad’, via Yiddish from Hebrew ḥāḇēr ‘friend’.

Pronunciation

gabba

/ˈKHabə//ˈxæbə/