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[pop-uh] /ˈpɒp ə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of poppa
First recorded in 1765-75; variant of papa Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And poppa seemed to have a new softness that he'd seldom seen before.

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  • poppa left for Monte this morning,” Mamie explained over the soup.

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  • It is said that she has begged poppa to let her take the bath immediately after herself.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • This was opposed by poppa, for whom evidently Pomponia's virtue is as salt in the eye.

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  • At poppa, who came directly after him, they shouted, "Flava coma (yellow hair)!!"

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  • Then he recalled poppa; and that most famous poppa also seemed to him soulless, a waxen mask.

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  • poppa mentions her at times yet; but Csar's mind is stuffed with something else.

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  • "The light of Aurora is playing in them," answered poppa, convinced that the necklace was for her.

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  • poppa and all present were looking at Nero's eyes as at a rainbow.

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  • "Speak of the Christians," said poppa, with a shade of impatience.

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Slang definitions & phrases for poppa



  1. One's father (1765+)
  2. Any older man (1765+)

[fr papa, which is found by 1681]

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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