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lollipop

or lol·ly·pop

[lol-ee-pop]
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noun
  1. a piece of hard candy attached to the end of a small stick that is held in the hand while the candy is licked.

Origin of lollipop

1785–95; dial. lolly tongue + pop1
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Examples from the Web for lollipop

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Historical Examples

  • Is sock only a corruption of suck, indicating a lollipop origin?

  • Upon my honour and soul, I mean no mischief; do I, Lollipop?

    Uncle Silas

    J. S. LeFanu

  • No lollipop confectionery for him, melting in the mouth like painted butter.

  • This lollipop found its way straight into the receptive mouth of any small creature of the human race who came in her way.

    A Young Mutineer

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • The second crocodile hadn't finished yet, so he followed right after the first, still sucking his lollipop.

    My Father's Dragon

    Ruth Stiles Gannett


British Dictionary definitions for lollipop

lollipop

noun
  1. a boiled sweet or toffee stuck on a small wooden stick
  2. British another word for ice lolly

Word Origin

C18: perhaps from Northern English dialect lolly the tongue (compare loll) + pop 1
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Word Origin and History for lollipop

n.

1784, lolly-pops "sweetmeats, soft candy," perhaps related to loll "to dangle" (the tongue) + pop "strike, slap." Or the first element may be northern dialectal lolly "the tongue." Meaning "hard candy on a stick" is from 1920s.

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