[ pop-guhn ]
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  1. a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop.

Origin of popgun

First recorded in 1655–65; pop1 + gun1

Words Nearby popgun

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How to use popgun in a sentence

  • He was used to this kind of talk and was about as proof against such praise as a battleship is against a popgun.

    Tom Slade on the River | Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • And they went to find a popgun, or something, and the service was so very long, you know.

  • Ill have old popgun eating out of my hand yet, Joe answered.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • What a heaven's pity it is that we haven't so much as a potato popgun among us to talk back with.

    Empire Builders | Francis Lynde
  • And so she went, and the bad bear never came out to so much as growl, nor did the fox, so the popgun was not needed.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods | Howard R. Garis

British Dictionary definitions for popgun


/ (ˈpɒpˌɡʌn) /

  1. a toy gun that fires a pellet or cork by means of compressed air and makes a popping sound

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