Main definitions of bop in English

: bop1bop2

bop1

noun

informal
  • 1British A dance to pop music.

    ‘nightlife is good, whether you're looking for a drink or a bop in the disco’
    • ‘Gloria and her husband still enjoy a bit of a bop and a jive.’
    • ‘We chatted for a while, had a bop, drank a few more beers and I was contemplating the bus ride home when I noticed a very handsome man had just arrived.’
    • ‘His particular passion is a form of swing dancing known as beach bop.’
    • ‘Cool was the bop in your step, the pearl in your cap, the cigarette dangling from your lip.’
    • ‘I just want to get dressed up, meet my friends, have a laugh, have a bop and not worry about that bleeper.’
    1. 1.1An organized social occasion with dancing to pop music.
      ‘colleges extend a welcoming hand through buffets and bops’
      • ‘Revellers can now celebrate the coming of the New Year with a bop, after politicians cleared away antiquated legislation in time for this Sunday's festivities.’
      • ‘One bystander said he was ‘angry and obviously upset, adding his wife was at the bop dancing with people’.’
      • ‘This can be anything from organising a bop or running a society to setting up an IT firm.’
      • ‘Surely with these simple features, throwing a bop would be easy.’
      • ‘Tickets for the bop will be on sale in the bar on Thursday 6th between 9pm and 11pm.’
      • ‘At the end of term bop the pair approached Morrison to find out why they had been named in her email.’
      • ‘The absence of a designated fire exit created a potentially dangerous situation in the JCR, which had been used frequently to host college bops.’
      • ‘He also stated that he enjoyed bops because they are ‘a great opportunity for college sanctioned nudity’.’
      • ‘The fortnightly bops have been subject to complaints in the past both from residents and other colleges including Hertford.’
      • ‘Perhaps the Oxford student looks to find greater gratification at the end-of-term bop or in the classic ‘entertainment’ offered by a night of Comic Relief, rather than ninety minutes in the cold and a decidedly dodgy hotdog.’
      • ‘And it led me to consider a thought I had back at the last bop.’
      • ‘The second year inhabitants of the house, who asked not to be named, discovered the break-in upon returning from a bop.’
      • ‘I have neither the energy for a Buffy-themed Halloween bop, nor a cast party that will start at 2 am (after the set and lights are dismantled).’
      discotheque
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  • 2

    short for bebop

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The section ends almost whimsically with the band fixating upon a repeated bop riff and then finishing with an extended atonal blast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An awesome bandleader, Eckstine first fronted a bop big band with musicians who established the vocabulary of modern jazz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His tone tended to be hard and harsh and lacked the varied coloration of the bop innovator Charlie Parker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These harmonies, however, fit into the jazz idiom just as bop made its way into the mainstream, enriching both.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chameleonic Ribot shines in this setting with his unsurprisingly individual take on the bop guitar tradition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chet's was an economical, West Coast jazz style, unlike the hard bop of the East Coast which was much harder, faster and higher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone, including the characters, are better served by the hard bop than this bluesy, shapeless jazz, with its rare but painful false notes.’
    • ‘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.’

verbbops, bopping, bopped

[no object]informal
  • 1Dance to pop music.

    ‘everyone was bopping until the small hours’
    • ‘These were barely needed as soon everyone was down in the basement bopping on the dance floor or bobbing in the dark room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hear your song come on and you start bopping and dancing.’
    • ‘The crowd seemed to enjoy the band's set, with many at the stage front dancing and bopping around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In no time, everyone was singing and bopping along to their two singles.’
    • ‘Clubbers bopped on the open air, split-level dance floor until the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 people bopped, jigged, jived and pogoed to some excellent bands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their brand of pop rock with balls can still make you jump up and down and bop along.’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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    1. 1.1Move or travel energetically.
      ‘entrepreneurial types bopping around Italy’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two leaned against the bar in awkward silence until Claire came bopping over.’
      • ‘I bopped around telling everyone that THIS WAS THE BEST MUSIC EVER MADE.’
      • ‘Friday's traditional end-of-year concert saw around 75 youngsters strut their stuff on stage before bopping along to a disco.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the radio tuned to an all-oldies station, they bopped across town and onto the Narrows Bridge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

1940s shortening of bebop.

Pronunciation

bop

/bɒp/

Main definitions of bop in English

: bop1bop2

bop2

verbbops, bopping, bopped

[with object]informal
  • Hit or punch quickly.

    ‘Rex bopped him on the head’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it surprising that he has bopped a paparazzo on the nose?’
    • ‘They could bop me on the head and pinch the whole lot.’
    • ‘Section 43 of the Canadian Criminal code allows adults to bop naughty children.’
    • ‘This gave me time to bop him on the nose to get him off me and hastily escape before he came back for more.’
    • ‘Oi, you at the back, stop muttering ‘no change there’ before I come over and bop you.’
    • ‘Too little force in the swing and the axe is liable to bounce back and bop you on the nose.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's just too tiring to bop somebody on the nose.’
    • ‘She slipped and fell and bopped her nose off a rock.’
    • ‘Better than smile beatifically, she should have bopped him on the noggin with the nearest ornament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The police had a relationship with these guys and they couldn't just arrest them and bop them on the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She bopped the flowers on his head, but making sure it didn't ruin them.’
    • ‘Okay, it's at this point when you bop me on my head for being stupid.’

noun

informal
  • A quick blow or punch.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a quick bop on the head, poor Fred becomes docile and co-operative.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1930s (originally US): imitative.

Pronunciation

bop

/bɒp/