• adjective very. This facetious adoption of the french beaucoup (‘much’ or ‘many’) probably originated in black bebop or white Cajun usage, but by the 1990s was fashionable among hip hop aficionados and white adolescents. (Some authorities claim alternatively that it was adopted by US servicemen from the French-speaking Vietnamese. The same French word appeared in British slang after World War I in the form ‘boko’, now obsolete.).
  • noun a large quantity or a number of items. The noun form is probably less common than the adjectival.