One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
1990s: Dutch gabber, from slang use ‘mate, lad’ (see gabba).
A friend.‘I've just come to tell my gabbas I'm still around’
1970s: Afrikaans, from Dutch slang gabber ‘mate, lad’, via Yiddish from Hebrew ḥāḇēr ‘friend’.
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