There are 2 main definitions of bop in English:

bop1

Syllabification: bop
Pronunciation: /bäp
 
/
informal

noun

short for bebop.
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  • 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.

verb (bops, bopping, bopped)

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1Dance to pop music: bopping to the radio while they made breakfast
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  • 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.
Synonyms
get down, hoof it, cut a/the rug
1.1Move or travel energetically: we had been bopping around the county all morning
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  • 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.

Origin

1940s: shortening of bebop.

Derivatives

bopper

noun
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  • He and other beach boppers founded the club in 1999.
  • One was for the Madonna-Prince boppers, one for the Morrisey-Cure ghoulies.
  • A preppie in a sea of black leather, I was like some Beatlemaniac teen bopper; I remember my girlfriend looking at me bemusedly like I had been possessed by some demented person.

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There are 2 main definitions of bop in English:

bop2

Syllabification: bop
Pronunciation: /bäp
 
/
informal

verb (bops, bopping, bopped)

[with object]
Hit; punch lightly: I warned him I’d bop him on the nose if he tried it
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  • ‘Please wake up!’ cried Charlie, bopping him lightly over the head with her flashlight.
  • ‘No, silly,’ Claire said, lightly bopping her knuckles on Mark's head.
  • He lightly bopped his youngest daughter's little nose.

noun

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A blow or light punch.
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  • All Zephyr had to do to quiet him was bop him softly on the arm, and he cried out in pain.
  • Each week long lines of people would come forward to witness and be welcomed and blessed as they come out—a little bop on the forehead to heal them from heterosexuality, and they would fall backward in the welcoming arms of other gay people.
  • Suddenly, Dey leapt upon his younger brother and gave him a bop on the head.

Origin

1930s: imitative.

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