verb (used without object), popped, pop·ping.
- to hit a pop fly (often followed by up).
- to pop out.
verb (used with object), popped, pop·ping.
- 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.
- 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.
Words nearby pop
Idioms for pop
Origin of pop1
regional variation note for pop
British Dictionary definitions for pop off (1 of 5)
verb (intr, adverb) informal
British Dictionary definitions for pop off (2 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for pop off (3 of 5)
verb pops, popping or popped
Word Origin for pop
British Dictionary definitions for pop off (4 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
British Dictionary definitions for pop off (5 of 5)
Idioms and Phrases with 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.