Main meanings of gabba in English

: gabba1gabba2Gabba3

gabba1

Pronunciation /?ɡab?/

noun

(also gabba house)
mass noun
  • A form of harsh, aggressive house music characterized by an extremely fast beat.

    ‘a sound system played gabba from the back of a hired van’
    • ‘I can listen to gabba house for about half an hour and then I get a headache’
    • ‘German rhymes barked over relentless gabba techno’

Origin

1990s Dutch gabber, from slang use ‘mate, lad’ (see gabba).

Main meanings of gabba in English

: gabba1gabba2Gabba3

gabba2

Pronunciation /?xab?/

noun

informal South African
  • A friend.

    • ‘I've just come to tell my gabbas I'm still around’

Origin

1970s Afrikaans, from Dutch slang gabber ‘mate, lad’, via Yiddish from Hebrew ?ā?ēr ‘friend’.

Main meanings of Gabba in English

: gabba1gabba2Gabba3

Gabba3

Pronunciation /?ɡab?/

proper noun

informal Australian, New Zealand the Gabba
  • The Queensland Cricket Association ground at Woolloongabba in Brisbane.

    • ‘I would have loved to bowl at the Gabba’

Origin

1940s abbreviation of Woolloongabba.