1. (orig. US) to hit.
|Morn. Tulsa Dly World (OK) 13 June 19/1: Boped [sic] on bean — To get hit on head.|
|Puttin ’Em Over 24 Aug. [synd. col.] The Yanks have bopped almost 80 home runs this season.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 32: Dave the Dude reaches across the table and bops One-eyed Solly right in the mouth.‘Romance in the Roaring Forties’ in|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 123: ’E fell aht of a pear-tree, and the branches ’ad sort of bopped ’im as ’e come froo ’em.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 210: The kid who [...] bopped him in the hallway and took his whole goddam pushcart.|
|USA Confidential 8: Mortimer, who had been bopped by the best, ducked.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 94: ‘Come on, man, let’s go boppin’.’ Then we would go and look for guys to beat up.|
|Flesh Peddlers (1964) 146: Jay and I had to defend ourselves and we booped a few beaks.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle 35: So [...] I don’t bop her a couple, like I would like to.|
|Liberty Tree 53: Someone / bops a tight balloon against the window-panes.‘From the Death Cell: Iambes VIII’ in|
|It Was An Accident 41: Yes you just like to bop him please? Not on the head you might kill him. Just tap him in the belly or somewhere.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 203: Choko McGruder nearly got bopped by Heavy Harold.|
|Cartoon City 123: She saw him looking at her bruise. She grinned cheekily. ‘I got bopped by a champagne cork.’.|
|(con. 1960s-70s) Top Fellas 57/1: It was [...] the biggest knock down drag-out in the history of Oz rock concert violence [...] one thousand people are supposed to have been bopping into each other.|
|Pineapple Street 120: Brady playfully bopped Georgiana on her bum with his racket.|
2. (US) to have sexual intercourse.
|🎵 If you bip it and bop it and tell us too bad jim / The next day you’ll be minus of your vigor and vim.‘You Got to Wet It’|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 9: Boppin’ yer dingus on ol’ Sweet Slit Annie.in|
|Campus Sl. Mar.|
|Sl. and Sociability 41: Additional examples can be found in many subject areas, particularly in terms for [...] sex (boff, bong, bonk, bop, bump uglies, grub, and pork).|
3. (orig. US) to kill.
|Brain Guy (1937) 87: How many saps had been bopped because they thought they were wise?|
|Big Sleep 83: It’s kind of goddamned lucky for you I didn’t bop Geiger.|
|Hollywood Detective July 🌐 It [i.e. drugged whisky] caused him to fall and bop himself.‘Dead Don’t Dream’ in|
|In Comes Death 71: If Mauriel was bopped on some other street, okay, but there’s no sense to his being on Frog Lane Road.|
|(con. 1940s) Second From Last in the Sack Race 69: He liked it best when people bopped Huns.|
|Brown Bread in Wengen [ebook] She reckon they never bopped their bro’.|
4. (orig. US, also bap) to walk, esp. in a carefree, bouncy way.
|Pulling a Train’ (2012) [ebook] He had been lone top dog on the turf, walkin and bopping the way he wanted.‘Sex Gang’ in|
|‘Gator (U. Fla.) Sl.’ AS XXXIV:2 154: With all plans made clear [...] it’s time to boo out, bop off, or ease on (make a parting gesture).|
|Affairs of Gidget 72: Bop on over. And tell her to snap it.|
|My Main Mother 146: Walking abreast but moving around [...] Leaning to one side and swinging one arm, the other in their pockets. I mean, bopping.|
|Blood Brothers 83: I just bopped into the house.|
|Train to Hell 126: I bopped past my own compartment.|
|Crackhouse 65: Six teenage boys bop through wearing rabbit-ear hats, crooked caps, or hooded parkas.|
|Crumple Zone 3: Check Miss Thing boppin’ down the street.|
|Mi Revalueshanary Fren 4: I site breddah Buzza / bappin in style / comin doun front line.‘Double Scank’ in|
|Hurricane Punch 165: I bop on out to the manatee-viewing platform.|
|Hood Rat 139: They are always bopping, walking like one of their legs is broken, slanting to one side.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Adjusting his sag as he slow-bopped to the car.|
|🎵 Flip flops when I bop in Harlem.‘Kennington Where It Started’|
|What They Was 108: Bimz starts bopping off, doing his lean walk.|
|Widespread Panic 3: Violated victims bop by my cell.|
5. (US) to fight (with a weapon); thus bopping n., fighting.
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 92: He wants no bopping on our side.|
|Life 28 Apr. 78: You gotta go on bopping (gang fighting) and hanging around on street corners all your life? [W&F].|
|Big Rumble 85: You guys wanna bop? Is that what you want? War?|
|Buttons 30: I [...] hung round with a crew up there setting fire to mansions early in the morning and bopping skinheads.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
6. (orig. US) to dance; thus bopping n., dancing.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 4: The stash begins to rock the band starts hopping, the real gone hits the floor and starts bopping.|
|CUSS 87: Boppin and sloppin A wild party.et al.|
|Tenants (1972) 115: They bopped in unison [...] each dancing in his casual, habitual orbit.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] She was bopping the night away in a pair of jodhpurs.‘Go West Young Man’|
|Real Thing 163: A throng of people, mainly big-bummed girls, were bopping away.|
|Campus Sl. Nov.|
|Guardian 2 July 21: Wear what you like, bop or lie down, eat or be sick.|
|Big Ask 39: Hardly a thousand people were milling about, crowding the bars or bopping on the dance floor.|
7. (orig. US) to ride, i.e. a bicycle or car.
|Harder They Come 202: Cagney bopped his bronc [i.e. bicycle] through the traffic, eyes alert for the carelessly placed wallet or purse.|
8. (orig. US) to look for someone to seduce.
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Bop (verb) To look for someone of the opposite sex.|
9. (US) to move at speed.
|Sunrise Over Fallujah 90: [T]he 4th Marines were bopping around Baghdad.|
|Border [ebook] [H]e’s on call, having to bop out whenever Darnell needs him.|
(US black) wearing clothes typical of a fan of bop music.
|N.Y. Amsterdam News 10 Apr. 15: All zooted and bopped back and wearing dark glasses and E-Flat caps.|
to keep moving, to wander about rather than stay put; to visit briefly.
|My Main Mother 176: Didn’t I bop around the school halls like I owned them?|
|Rumble Fish 102: Let’s go boppin’ around again tonight.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: bop – stop by; call or visit briefly: ‘Let’s bop by his room this afternoon’; make one’s way about, seemingly without aim: ‘Just look at her bop around the dorm’.|
|www.toys-us.com 🌐 Bop around to the beat of crazy music and play your way through 150 levels of bubble-popping action.|
(US teen) to enjoy oneself, to go out on a spree.
|Tomboy (1952) 156: What were you doing, bopping it up.|
see under baloney n.
(US) to faint.
see bang one’s bishop under bishop n.2
(N.Z. prison) to improve the tailoring of prison-issue clothing; thus bopped-up, enhanced.
|Big Huey 67: In the tailors’ shop the altering or bopping-up of institutional gear was the main spare-time occupation [...] Bopped-up short-sleeved shirts and tight pants were in great demand.|