Nearby words

  1. poort,
  2. poortith,
  3. pooterish,
  4. pootle,
  5. poove,
  6. pop art,
  7. pop concert,
  8. pop fly,
  9. pop off,
  10. pop psych


Origin of pop

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.

Regional variation note

19. See soda pop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pop off

pop off

verb (intr, adverb) informal

to depart suddenly or unexpectedly
to die, esp suddenly or unexpectedlyhe popped off at the age of sixty
to speak out angrily or indiscreetlyhe popped off at his boss and got fired


abbreviation for

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
See also pop off, pop-up

Word Origin for pop

C14: of imitative origin


/ (pɒp) /


  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)pop music; a pop record; a pop group
informal a piece of popular or light classical music


informal short for popular


/ (pɒp) /


an informal word for father
informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man
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Word Origin and History for pop off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pop off

pop off


Leave abruptly or hurriedly, as in I'm just going to pop off and mail some letters.


Die suddenly, as in No one expected her to pop off like that. [Colloquial; second half of 1700s]


Speak thoughtlessly in an angry outburst, as in Don't pop off at me—complain to whoever's responsible. [Slang; c. 1930]


pop someone off. Kill someone, as in The sniper popped off at least three men. [Slang; early 1800s] All four usages transfer pop in the sense of “explode” to other kinds of sudden or violent behavior.

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