to make a short, quick, explosive sound: The cork popped.
to burst open with such a sound, as chestnuts or corn in roasting.
to come or go quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: She popped into the kitchen to check the stove.
to protrude from the sockets: The news made her eyes pop.
to hit a pop fly (often followed by up).
to pop out.
Informal. to be bright or prominent, especially as against something less distinctive: I love how the colors pop against the neutral walls.
to shoot with a firearm: to pop at a mark.
to cause to make a sudden, explosive sound.
to cause to burst open with such a sound.
to open suddenly or violently: to pop the hood on a car; to pop the tab on a beer can.
to put or thrust quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: He popped the muffins into the oven.
Informal. to cause to fire; discharge: He popped his rifle at the bird.
to shoot (usually followed by at, off, etc.): He popped off bottles with a slingshot.
British Slang. to pawn.
to take or swallow (pills), especially in excess or habitually; take orally in a compulsive or addictive way: Popping all those pills will land him in the hospital.
to eat in a continual or thoughtless manner, as snack foods: popping peanuts at the movies.
a short, quick, explosive sound.
with an explosive sound: The balloon went pop.
quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: Pop, the door flew open!
Informal. unexpected; without prior warning or announcement: The teacher gave us a pop quiz.
pop for, Informal. to pay or buy for oneself or another, especially as a gift or treat; spring for: I'll pop for the first round of drinks.
pop in. See entry at pop-in.
pop off, Informal.
to die, especially suddenly.
to depart, especially abruptly.
to express oneself volubly or excitedly and sometimes irately or indiscreetly: He popped off about the injustice of the verdict.
pop out, Baseball. to be put out by hitting a pop fly caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.
pop up, Baseball. to hit a pop fly.
Idioms about pop
a pop, Slang. each; apiece: five orchids at $30 a pop.
pop the question, Informal. to propose marriage: They dated for two years before he popped the question.
Other definitions for pop (2 of 8)
reflecting or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people: pop culture; pop novels.
popular music: It's the first time she's sung pop.
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a frozen ice or ice-cream confection on a stick: Two lemon pops, please.
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How to use pop in a sentence
Just tap and hold on the keyboard when it pops up in any app, then slide your finger across to the keys you want to press without lifting it.Get around your phone more quickly than you already are | David Nield | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
It started out as a way of finding stuff on the various websites that were popping up, but ended up shaping the very medium it was indexing.
In the original complaint, Murphy made the eye-popping charge that Nielsen had perjured herself in front of Congress.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
It’s a revolving door of regular events, from karaoke and DJ nights to pop-up dinners.Pre-pandemic, Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality scene was heating up with new design-forward boutique hotels | Rachel King | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
Instances of the Sator square have popped up all over Europe.The ancient palindrome that explains Christopher Nolan’s Tenet | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Sophisticated, nuanced, melodious pop music, that sweeps you away.
The airline industry objects that sometimes these deployable recorders can pop out without cause, spreading needless alarm.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014 | Clive Irving | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within a few summer weeks, “Hot N—” had become an inescapable pop-culture phenomenon and Bobby landed a major record deal.
Growing up in that suburbia and air of pop culture, these images stayed with me like a weird dream.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel | Marlow Stern | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nicki treats the obsession with her pop ambitions as an irrelevant, surface-level irritation.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’ | Rawiya Kameir | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now, when I am called upon to produce a laugh from Timothy, I no longer make faces or "pop."
pop that shawl away in my castor, Dodger, so that I may know where to find it when I cut; thats the time of day!Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
There came a "pop" like an exploding fire-cracker, and a bullet whistled past Matt's ear.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Here's my notion: To make a pop'lar measure of it; somethin' that'll appeal to the folks.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
To Mildred he was one of that numerous army of brevet relations known as gran-pop, pop, or uncle.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
British Dictionary definitions for pop (1 of 5)
to make or cause to make a light sharp explosive sound
to burst open or cause to burst open with such a sound
(intr; often foll by in, out, etc) informal to come (to) or go (from) rapidly or suddenly; to pay a brief or unexpected visit (to)
(intr) (esp of the eyes) to protrude: her eyes popped with amazement
to shoot or fire at (a target) with a firearm
(tr) to place or put with a sudden movement: she popped some tablets into her mouth
(tr) informal to pawn: he popped his watch yesterday
(tr) slang to take (a drug) in pill form or as an injection: pill popping
pop one's clogs See clog 1 (def. 9)
pop the question informal to propose marriage
a light sharp explosive sound; crack
informal a flavoured nonalcoholic carbonated beverage
informal a try; attempt: have a pop at goal
informal an instance of criticism: Townsend has had a pop at modern bands
a pop informal each: 30 million shares at 7 dollars a pop
with a popping sound
an exclamation denoting a sharp explosive sound
British Dictionary definitions for pop (2 of 5)
music of general appeal, esp among young people, that originated as a distinctive genre in the 1950s. It is generally characterized by a strong rhythmic element and the use of electrical amplification
(as modifier): pop music; a pop record; a pop group
informal a piece of popular or light classical music
informal short for popular
British Dictionary definitions for pop (3 of 5)
an informal word for father
informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man
British Dictionary definitions for POP (4 of 5)
point of presence: a device that enables access to the internet
internet post office protocol: a protocol which brings e-mail to and from a mail server
Post Office Preferred (size of envelopes, etc)
persistent organic pollutant
British Dictionary definitions for pop. (5 of 5)
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