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bebop (uncountable)

  1. (music) An early form of modern jazz played by small groups and featuring driving rhythms and complex, often dissonant harmonies.



bebop (third-person singular simple present bebops, present participle bebopping, simple past and past participle bebopped)

  1. To participate in bebop jazz, such as by dancing in a way associated with the genre
    • 1988 September 2, Bill Wyman, “Terms of interment: retrospecting the Ramones and the Clash”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Six months into their career, the Clash already showed themselves the equal of any rock band that had come before them, simply by assaulting the last frontier of rock mythology: the notion that the rock audience, like some sort of bebopping proletariat, was a receptacle of goodness and hope, and that rock 'n' roll offered redemption.
    • 2007 November 26, Brooks Barnes, “Laugh Lines in the Hollywood Strike”, in New York Times[2]:
      “The studios think we are having a horrible time out here,” said Richard Potter, a screenwriter who made “Strike Dancing,” a YouTube video showing pickets bebopping in formation to “Play That Funky Music.”

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  1. bebop


Inflection of bebop (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative bebop bebopit
genitive bebopin bebopien
partitive bebopia bebopeja
illative bebopiin bebopeihin
singular plural
nominative bebop bebopit
accusative nom. bebop bebopit
gen. bebopin
genitive bebopin bebopien
partitive bebopia bebopeja
inessive bebopissa bebopeissa
elative bebopista bebopeista
illative bebopiin bebopeihin
adessive bebopilla bebopeilla
ablative bebopilta bebopeilta
allative bebopille bebopeille
essive bebopina bebopeina
translative bebopiksi bebopeiksi
instructive bebopein
abessive bebopitta bebopeitta
comitative bebopeineen