Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[pop-guhn] /ˈpɒpˌgʌn/
a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop.
Origin of popgun
First recorded in 1655-65; pop1 + gun1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pop-gun
Historical Examples
  • He did not forget to arm himself quite to the teeth with his pop-gun, his bow, and his air-pistol.

    The Lilac Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • "Bees," said he, and killed one the next moment with a pop-gun.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • “Something the matter with your pop-gun, I reckon,” said Jim.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • Rina regarded the weapon in his hands with as little respect as if it had been a pop-gun.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Yulee with the range and the bow and arrows, and Bo with his pop-gun.

  • These I followed, clutching a small "pop-gun" of the Derringer variety.

    The Prairie Schooner William Francis Hooker
  • There was a pop-gun on the table and a horse with three legs on the floor.

  • I never did; with the pop-gun and umbrella you will revolutionize the science of angling.

  • "Put down your pop-gun," I told him and brushed through the open door into the room that had been his laboratory.

  • Chester reached up, and removed the pop-gun, much to Georgie's relief.

    Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for pop-gun


a toy gun that fires a pellet or cork by means of compressed air and makes a popping sound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pop-gun

type of child's toy, 1620s, from pop (n.1) + gun (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for pop-gun



A pistol (1849+)

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

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for popgun

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pop

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pop-gun