Imitative of the sound made.
bop (plural bops)
- (colloquial, transitive) To strike gently or playfully.
2013, Karin Tanabe, The List, page 37:
- “Better him than me,” I said while my mother fluttered her blue eyes at me and bopped me on the nose with a wooden spoon.
Shortened from bebop.
- (uncountable) A style of improvised jazz from the 1940s.
- (countable, Britain, Oxbridge slang) A party.
2005, Johnny Rich, Push Guide to Which University, page 472:
- Theatres; Music House used for bands; May Ball; very popular weekly bops in JCR and MCR; library (57,000 books); 40 networked PCs, 24-hrs.
2012, Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, page 120:
- At universities like Oxford, middle-class students hold 'chav bops' where they dress up as this working-class caricature.