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bop

If you bop your little brother, you hit him lightly. If you do this, he's probably going to bop you right back.

The origin of the word bop is imitative: bop sounds like the noise your hand makes when you bop someone or something. You can also use bop to mean bebop, the fast-tempo jazz that became popular in the 1940s, after the swing era. The word comes from the jazz tradition of singing nonsense words like bebop and rebop.

Definitions of bop
  1. verb
    hit hard
    synonyms: bash, bonk, sock, whap, whop
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  2. noun
    an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940)
    synonyms: bebop
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    type of:
    jazz
    a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
  3. verb
    dance the bebop
    synonyms: bebop
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    type of:
    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
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