[ pop ]
/ pɒp /
verb (used without object), popped, pop·ping.
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 shoot with a firearm: to pop at a mark.
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.
verb (used with object), popped, pop·ping.
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, Slang. 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 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.
Words nearby pop
Idioms for pop
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 pop1
1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.
regional variation note for pop
19. See soda pop.
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British Dictionary definitions for pop the question (1 of 4)
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 the question (2 of 4)
/ (pɒp) /
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
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
with a popping sound
an exclamation denoting a sharp explosive sound
Word Origin for pop
C14: of imitative origin
British Dictionary definitions for pop the question (3 of 4)
/ (pɒp) /
- 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 the question (4 of 4)
/ (pɒp) /
an informal word for father
informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man
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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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