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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for popple
Historical Examples
  • The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • To these we fastened cross pieces of "popple" and on this put a tick filled with wild hay and corn stalk leaves.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Still they continued running up and down the bunting on board the “popple.”

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is sometimes called aspen, popple, white poplar, and large poplar.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • His eyes on the crouching figure of Mrs. popple, he continued calmly and methodically to shave himself.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris
  • The average lady who descended or ascended Mrs. popple's steps; was not considered respectable even by taxi-drivers.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris
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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