1. (US) an emotional outburst.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 43: A bit of fine boogie-woogie shall I get hipped to.|
2. (US black) the vagina.
|🎵 My gal [...] got good boogie-woogie, / But she won’t keep it clean.‘Rubbin’ on That old Thing’|
3. (US black) a cocktail party.
|‘Believe Me’ in Afro-American (Baltimore, MD) 3 Nov. 10/3: The Parasites [...] will hold a cocktail soiree, or boogy-woogy [...] with as many cocktails as the gusts can handle.|
4. (US, Southern) secondary syphilis.
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1008: Boogie-woogie: type of dancing and rhythm, in South it meant secondary syphilis.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 15: Some terms have escaped their original moorings almost completely, notably a number of jazz words (e.g. boogie-woogie, referring to secondary syphilis, and jelly-roll, referring to the vulva).|
5. (US black) sexual intercourse.
|🎵 You been sleepin’ out of me all night doin’ a lowdown boogie-woogie.‘Goodtime lonesome Blues’|
1. (US black) to make a fuss, to behave in an aggressive manner; esp. of marital arguments.
|‘Hectic Harlem’ in N.Y. Amsterdam News 8 Feb. sect. 2: PITCH A BOOGIE-WOOGIE. – Get drunk and immediate desire is to fight the world.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 12 Feb. 11/7: Laura Holland is making the rounds [...] with a well-known bandleader whose wife would pitch a boogie-woogie if she only knew.|
|Really the Blues 64: Al pitched a boogie-woogie about Mitzi’s romance.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 486: pitch a boogie-woogie : Raise sand; fuss, quarrel violently. His wife pitched a boogie-woogie when he wasn’t home for dinner.|
|Henrietta Lacks 45: ‘Hennie went down there with a switch. Yes Lord. She pitched a boogie like I never seen’ .|
2. (US black) to have a good, uproarious time.
|🎵 We’re going to pitch a boogie-woogie, going to have a ball tonight.‘We Gonna Pitch a Boogie-Woogie’|
|‘I’m Gonna Have My Fun—When I Get My Bonus’ lyrics] Ain’t gonna drink no moonshine, nothing but ’bottled in bond’ / Kick up my heels, pitch a boogie-woogie boys from sun to sun.|