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[pop-uh l] /ˈpɒp əl/
verb (used without object), poppled, poppling.
to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water.
a poppling motion.
Origin of popple1
1300-50; Middle English poplen; imitative; see -le


[pop-uh l] /ˈpɒp əl/
noun, Northern U.S.
a poplar of the genus Populus.
before 1000; Middle English; Old English popul < Latin pōpulus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The remains of the forest, overgrown with scrub oak and popple thickets pushed down to the right of way.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • The others droned on with their subdued mumble about saw-logs, sleeper contracts, and “popple” peeling.

  • I was working in my field, throwing out manure, when I saw the prisoner come out of the popple thicket on Pritchard's place.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • It touched my heart and I lay listening for a time but heard only the loud whisper of the popple leaves.

    The Light in the Clearing Irving Bacheller
  • We laughed, for we knew that the “popple” was a regular slow coach, as ugly as she was slow.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had lost track of his victim in the popple thicket, but had come across Kincaid's cap, which he had appropriated.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • 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 W.H.G. Kingston
  • For otter set, the trap pole is made in the same way, but instead of popple or birch, a small fish is used for bait.

    Steel Traps A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Still they continued running up and down the bunting on board the “popple.”

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for popple


verb (intransitive)
(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 motion: the small rivulet poppled along over rocks and stones for half a mile
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin; compare Middle Dutch popelen to bubble, throb
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