popular

[ pop-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈpɒp yə lər /
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adjective


Nearby words

  1. popsicle,
  2. popster,
  3. popstrel,
  4. popsy,
  5. populace,
  6. popular culture,
  7. popular etymology,
  8. popular front,
  9. popular music,
  10. popular singer

Origin of popular

1375–1425; late Middle English populer < Latin populāris. See people, -ar1

SYNONYMS FOR popular
1. favorite, approved, liked. 5. common, current.

Related forms
Can be confusedpoplar popular

Synonym study

5. See general.

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Examples from the Web for over-popular

  • For the over-popular Governor of a State Diaz provides distinguished employment elsewhere.

    The American Egypt|Channing Arnold
  • "N-no, perhaps he was not over-popular with the colonel," he admitted slowly.

    The Red Seal|Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • The Texas men were not over-popular in Arizona, and yet it was a sportsmanlike crowd.

  • The Sailors' Home as an institution is not over-popular with seamen, especially with the more improvident of them.

    A Tramp's Notebook|Morley Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for over-popular

popular

/ (ˈpɒpjʊlə) /

adjective

appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
favoured by an individual or limited groupI'm not very popular with her
connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; commonpopular discontent
appealing to or comprehensible to the laymana popular lecture on physics

noun

(usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular pressAlso shortened to: pops
Derived Formspopularity (ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for popular

C15: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus people

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Word Origin and History for over-popular

popular

adj.

early 15c., "public," from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis "belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).

Meaning "suited to ordinary people" is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, "low, affordable to average persons" (1859). Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., "favored by people generally" from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front "coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936, first in a French context.

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