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Imitative; compare beep.



boop (plural boops)

  1. A low-pitched beeping sound.
    • 1989, Keith Peterson, The Trapdoor:
      When something important happened, a polite sort of boop went off, and up in the right-hand corner of your screen, above the copy, a word or two appeared: Urgent, Bulletin, Late Stocks, whatever.
    • 2008, Russell Dean Vines, Composing Digital Music For Dummies, page 281:
      Originally, computers' attempts at making music were recognizable by their beeps and boops and weird swoops. And to suggest that the rhythms laid down by a electronic drummer were anything close to swingin' was humorous.
    • 2008 January 28, Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen, Kelefa Sanneh, Ben Ratliff, And Ben Allison, “New CDs”, in New York Times[1]:
      Guitars riffle precise chords and lilt through arpeggios, keyboards go boop, and every flick of a drumbeat is in place.
    • 2008 April 20, Jon Pareles, “Rasps, Boops, Snark and Sartre”, in New York Times[2]:
      Santogold, from Brooklyn, may be mocking scene pretensions, defending the creative impulse or both in her single, “L.E.S. Artistes,” with its drumstick-clicking beat, electro boops and dance-rock chorus.


boop (third-person singular simple present boops, present participle booping, simple past and past participle booped)

  1. (intransitive) To produce a low-pitched beeping sound.
    • 2009 July 20, The New York Times, “New CDs”, in New York Times[3]:
      The music on “LP” is almost entirely unnatural, booping and puffing, buzzing and ticking in tones no acoustic instrument would make.
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To strike gently or playfully; to bop (especially on the nose).
    • 2013, Kate Danley, Maggie on the Bounty
      He spun around and booped me on the nose.