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1 the law enforcement agency of the Justice Department that operates a nationawide system of prisons and detention facilities to incarcerate inmates sentenced to imprisonment for federal crimes [syn: Federal Bureau of Prisons]
2 an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940) [syn: bebop]


1 dance the bebop [syn: bebop]
2 hit hard [syn: sock, whop, whap, bonk, bash]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

imitative of the sound made


  • /bɒp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒp


  1. A very light smack, blow or punch.


  1. To gently or playfully strike someone or something.

Etymology 2

shortened from bebop


  1. A style of improvised jazz from the 1940s.


  1. To dance to this music.

Extensive Definition

BOP or bop may refer to:
  • bop, a smack, strike, or punch
  • bop, shortened form of Bebop, an early modern jazz developed in the 1940s
    • hard bop, a style of jazz music that is extension of bebop (or "bop") music
  • bop, organised party or club night at many British universities
  • bop, southern U.S. word for whore
  • Bop an American magazine for teens
  • Bop, a single by Dan Seals, released in 1986




bop in German: BOP
bop in French: BOP
bop in Italian: BOP
bop in Hebrew: בופ
bop in Japanese: BOP

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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