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[rok-uh-bil-ee] /ˈrɒk əˌbɪl i/
a style of popular music combining the features of rock-'n'-roll and hillbilly music.
Origin of rockabilly
1955-60, Americanism; rock(-'n'-roll) + -a- connective + (hill)billy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rockabilly
  • There were experiments in electronic music, rockabilly, blues and hardcore country.
  • In that sense he's a far different stylist than his country and rockabilly-loving dad, a genius player in his own right.
  • Autobiography of rockabilly singer who was born in poverty in.
  • What is striking is the rockabilly sound of the backing band.
British Dictionary definitions for rockabilly


  1. a fast, spare style of White rock music which originated in the mid-1950s in the US South
  2. (as modifier): a rockabilly number
Word Origin
C20: from rock (and roll) + (hill)billy
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Word Origin and History for rockabilly

1956, from noun sense of rock (n.2) in the music sense + second element abstracted from hillbilly music. One of the first uses is in a "Billboard" item about Johnny Burnette's "Lonesome Train."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rockabilly



: showing up at rockabilly dances and clubs in full '50s regalia


A blend of black rhythm and blues with white hillbilly music (1956+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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