Bebop Definition

bēbŏp
be-bop
noun
Bop.
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(music) An early form of modern jazz played by small groups and featuring driving rhythms and complex, often dissonant harmonies.

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verb
To participate in bebop jazz, such as by dancing in a way associated with the genre.
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Origin of Bebop

  • Imitation of a two-note phrase in this music

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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