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boogaloo

Syllabification: boo·ga·loo
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞oɡəˌlo͞o
 
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Definition of boogaloo in English:

noun (plural boogaloos)

A modern dance to rock-and-roll music performed with swiveling and shuffling movements of the body, originally popular in the 1960s.
Example sentences
  • The jazz boogaloo rears its well worn head on ‘Coming Up Roses’, but it is beautifully counter balanced by the folky atmosphere of ‘Barca’.
  • ‘Steamer Lane’, ‘South City Midnight Lady’ and ‘Snake Man’ provide some Eagles-esque country contrast, before it's back to beefed-up boogaloos.
  • It's done in the style of the boogaloo of the early '50s, that sort of Elvis style.

verb (boogaloos, boogalooing, boogalooed)

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Perform the boogaloo dance.
Example sentences
  • Robson, now 21, got boogalooing and moonwalking when most of us are running around like headless chickens.
  • It depicts the experiences of common black folk in courtrooms, slum bars, and on the streets, with pimps and jivers, boogalooing and loving Malcolm X.
  • These guys, though, make me want to boogaloo down Blaisdell.

Origin

1960s: perhaps an alteration of boogie-woogie (see boogie).

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