- an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
Origin of pompom1
First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative
Origin of pompom2
1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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Examples from the Web for pompom
In the afternoon one of our guns on Cæsar's Camp smashed a pompom.From Capetown to Ladysmith
G. W. Steevens
They often fired their pompom at a range of about 5000 yards at the vultures feeding on the dead horses under Devon Post.
A pompom was included in the armament of the position, which measured about eighty yards by forty yards only.
This pompom was bravely served by one man, the remainder of the gun team having been either killed or wounded.
The Turks directed a perfect tornado of rifle, Maxim, and pompom fire on 200 men who made a dash down the gangway.
- a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
- the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
- (as modifier)pompom dahlia
C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pompom
"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."
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