Idioms

    a pop, Slang. each; apiece: five orchids at $30 a pop.
    pop in, Informal. to visit briefly and unexpectedly; stop in; drop by: Maybe we'll pop in after the movie.
    pop the question, Informal. to propose marriage: They dated for two years before he popped the question.

Origin of pop

1
1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.

Synonyms for pop

Regional variation note

19. See soda pop.
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Related Words for pop the question

court, propose, woo

British Dictionary definitions for pop the question

POP

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

pop

1

verb pops, popping or popped

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 protrudeher eyes popped with amazement
to shoot or fire at (a target) with a firearm
(tr) to place or put with a sudden movementshe popped some tablets into her mouth
(tr) informal to pawnhe popped his watch yesterday
(tr) slang to take (a drug) in pill form or as an injectionpill popping
pop one's clogs See clog 1 (def. 9)
pop the question informal to propose marriage

noun

a light sharp explosive sound; crack
informal a flavoured nonalcoholic carbonated beverage
informal a try; attempthave a pop at goal
informal an instance of criticismTownsend has had a pop at modern bands
a pop informal each30 million shares at 7 dollars a pop

adverb

with a popping sound

interjection

an exclamation denoting a sharp explosive sound
See also pop off, pop-up

Word Origin for pop

C14: of imitative origin

pop

2

noun

  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

adjective

informal short for popular

pop

3

noun

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 the question

pop

n.1

"a hit with an explosive sound," c.1400, of imitative origin. Meaning "flavored carbonated beverage" is from 1812.

A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because 'pop goes the cork' when it is drawn. [Southey, letter, 1812]

Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). Meaning "the (brief) time of a 'pop'" is from 1530s. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s in school yards, with organ grinders, at court balls, etc.

pop

adj.

"having popular appeal," 1926, of individual songs from many genres; 1954 as a noun, as genre of its own; abbreviation of popular; earlier as a shortened form of popular concert (1862), and often in the plural form pops. Pop art first recorded 1957, said to have been in use conversationally among Independent group of artists from late 1954. Pop culture attested from 1959, short for popular culture (attested by 1846).

pop

n.2

"father," 1838, chiefly American English, shortened from papa (1680s), from French papa, from Old French, a children's word, similar to Latin pappa. Form poppa is recorded from 1897.

pop

v.

"cause to make a short, quick sound," mid-15c.; intransitive sense "make a short, quick sound" is from 1570s; imitative. Of eyes, "to protrude" (as if about to burst), from 1670s. Sense of "to appear or put suddenly" (often with up, off, in, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. Baseball sense of "to hit a ball high in the air" is from 1867. To pop the question is from 1725, specific sense of "propose marriage" is from 1826. Related: Popped; popping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pop the question in Culture

pop the question

To “pop the question” is to propose marriage: “They have been going out for so long; I wonder when he'll pop the question.”

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Idioms and Phrases with pop the question

pop the question

Propose marriage, as in He picked Valentine's Day to pop the question. [Early 1700s]

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