or lol·ly·pop



a piece of hard candy attached to the end of a small stick that is held in the hand while the candy is licked.

Origin of lollipop

1785–95; dial. lolly tongue + pop1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lollipop

Contemporary Examples of lollipop

Historical Examples of lollipop

  • Is sock only a corruption of suck, indicating a lollipop origin?

  • Upon my honour and soul, I mean no mischief; do I, Lollipop?

    Uncle Silas

    J. S. LeFanu

  • No lollipop confectionery for him, melting in the mouth like painted butter.

  • This lollipop found its way straight into the receptive mouth of any small creature of the human race who came in her way.

    A Young Mutineer

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • The second crocodile hadn't finished yet, so he followed right after the first, still sucking his lollipop.

    My Father's Dragon

    Ruth Stiles Gannett

British Dictionary definitions for lollipop



a boiled sweet or toffee stuck on a small wooden stick
British another word for ice lolly

Word Origin for lollipop

C18: perhaps from Northern English dialect lolly the tongue (compare loll) + pop 1
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Word Origin and History for lollipop

1784, lolly-pops "sweetmeats, soft candy," perhaps related to loll "to dangle" (the tongue) + pop "strike, slap." Or the first element may be northern dialectal lolly "the tongue." Meaning "hard candy on a stick" is from 1920s.

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