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or lol·ly·pop

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

1785–95; dial. lolly tongue + pop1
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Examples from the Web for lollypop

Historical Examples

  • Yes, but when I found a penny once and bought a lollypop, I gave you half of it.

    The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Farm

    Howard R. Garis

  • And Russ and Rose soon found that they could each get a lollypop for a penny.

  • Lollypop's nerves were of the very best, but this was altogether too much for him.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • But it is getting littler, just like when you keep on sucking a lollypop.

  • Come into my cave and see all the lollypops I've made from the sap of the lollypop tree.

British Dictionary definitions for lollypop


  1. a boiled sweet or toffee stuck on a small wooden stick
  2. British another word for ice lolly
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Word Origin

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



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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