- to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water.
- a poppling motion.
Origin of popple1
1300–50; Middle English poplen; imitative; see -le
- a poplar of the genus Populus.
Origin of popple2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English popul < Latin pōpulus
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Examples from the Web for popple
The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.The Well-Beloved
To these we fastened cross pieces of "popple" and on this put a tick filled with wild hay and corn stalk leaves.Old Rail Fence Corners
I was working in my field, throwing out manure, when I saw the prisoner come out of the popple thicket on Pritchard's place.
He had lost track of his victim in the popple thicket, but had come across Kincaid's cap, which he had appropriated.
We had been giving the ladies a pull about the harbour, and were passing the “Popple,” when her owner made his appearance on deck.The Cruise of the Frolic
- (of boiling water or a choppy sea) to heave or toss; bubble
- (often foll by along) (of a stream or river) to move with an irregular tumbling motionthe small rivulet poppled along over rocks and stones for half a mile
C14: of imitative origin; compare Middle Dutch popelen to bubble, throb
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