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

Idioms

Origin of pop

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

Regional variation note

19. See soda pop.

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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
See also pop off, pop-up

Word Origin for pop

C14: of imitative origin

pop

2
/ (pɒp) /

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
/ (pɒp) /

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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for pop the question

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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