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or pom-pom

  1. an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
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Origin of pompom1

First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative


or pom-pom

  1. Also pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.
  2. pompon(def 3).
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Origin of pompom2

1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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Historical Examples

  • In the afternoon one of our guns on Cæsar's Camp smashed a pompom.

    From Capetown to Ladysmith

    G. W. Steevens

  • They often fired their pompom at a range of about 5000 yards at the vultures feeding on the dead horses under Devon Post.

  • A pompom was included in the armament of the position, which measured about eighty yards by forty yards only.

  • This pompom was bravely served by one man, the remainder of the gun team having been either killed or wounded.

  • The Turks directed a perfect tornado of rifle, Maxim, and pompom fire on 200 men who made a dash down the gangway.

British Dictionary definitions for pompom



  1. a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
    1. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
    2. (as modifier)pompom dahlia
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for 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."

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