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popcorn

[pop-kawrn] /ˈpɒpˌkɔrn/
noun
1.
any of several varieties of corn whose kernels burst open and puff out when subjected to dry heat.
2.
popped corn.
3.
peanut (def 4c).
Origin of popcorn
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; short for popped corn. See pop1, -ed2, corn1
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  • Then something sound like popcorn beginning to pop real slow.

  • Ellen stood facing the men, with the white festoons of popcorn in her hands.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • popcorn and apples—Armenian laces, even—beg a quicker audience.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • We followed with our popcorn, but Antonia hung back—said she had to get her cake into the oven.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • We never got anything as nice as popcorn and peanuts in the jungle, did we?

British Dictionary definitions for popcorn

popcorn

/ˈpɒpˌkɔːn/
noun
1.
a variety of maize having hard pointed kernels that puff up when heated
2.
the puffed edible kernels of this plant
Word Origin
C19: so called because of the noise the grains make when they swell up and burst on heating
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Word Origin and History for popcorn
n.

1819, from pop (v.) + corn (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for popcorn

popcorn

noun

  1. Something trivial and insubstantial: Gimbel called the charges ''popcorn''
  2. Something easily done; breeze, piece of cake: As for Streep, she does what she is asked to do. But the role is popcorn (1973+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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