Main definitions of gabba in English

: gabba1gabba2

gabba1

(also gabba house, gabba techno)

Pronunciation /ˈɡabə/ /ˈɡæbə/ /ˈɡäbə/ /ˈɡɑbə/

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).

Main definitions of gabba in English

: gabba1gabba2

gabba2

Pronunciation /ˈKHabə/ /ˈxæbə/

noun

informal South African
  • 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’.