- an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
Origin of pompom1
Origin of pompom2
Examples from the Web for pom-pom
For the half-time show, a cheerleader and her doppelgängers perform some hypnotic, pom-pom routines (see 1:11).Austin Mahone, Grouplove & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
June 15, 2013
For pom-pom fever, Mauseritis, The toothache or the loafertitis.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
Nineteen prisoners and a pom-pom were captured from the foe.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 6 (of 6)
Six guns, a pom-pom, and 1000 head of cattle were the prizes of the victors.The Great Boer War
Arthur Conan Doyle
Of one thing, however, our men were afraid—the dreaded 'pom-pom' of the Boers.From Aldershot to Pretoria
W. E. Sellers
The majority of the burghers had already crossed and fled, whilst the remainder hurried back with a pom-pom and the other carts.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War
- an automatic rapid-firing, small-calibre cannon, esp a type of anti-aircraft cannon used in World War IIAlso called: pompom
- a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
- the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
- (as modifier)pompom dahlia
Word Origin and History for pom-pom
"Maxim automatic gun," 1899, of imitative origin, soldiers' slang from the Boer War. For the ornamental tuft, see pompom.
"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."