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verb (used without object),popped, pop·ping.
  1. to make a short, quick, explosive sound: The cork popped.

  2. to burst open with such a sound, as chestnuts or corn in roasting.

  1. to come or go quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: She popped into the kitchen to check the stove.

  2. to protrude from the sockets: The news made her eyes pop.

  3. Baseball.

    • to hit a pop fly (often followed by up).

    • to pop out.

  4. Informal. to be bright or prominent, especially as against something less distinctive: I love how the colors pop against the neutral walls.

  5. to shoot with a firearm: to pop at a mark.

verb (used with object),popped, pop·ping.
  1. to cause to make a sudden, explosive sound.

  2. to cause to burst open with such a sound.

  1. to open suddenly or violently: to pop the hood on a car; to pop the tab on a beer can.

  2. to put or thrust quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: He popped the muffins into the oven.

  3. Informal. to cause to fire; discharge: He popped his rifle at the bird.

  4. to shoot (usually followed by at, off, etc.): He popped off bottles with a slingshot.

  5. British Slang. to pawn.

  6. Informal.

    • 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.

  1. a short, quick, explosive sound.

  2. a popping.

  1. a shot with a firearm.

  2. Informal. soda pop.

  3. a drink or portion of an alcoholic beverage, as a drink of whiskey or a glass of beer: We had a couple of pops on the way home.

  4. Baseball. pop fly.

  5. Informal. a bright or prominent burst of something: Citrus can add a pop of flavor.

  1. with an explosive sound: The balloon went pop.

  2. quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: Pop, the door flew open!

  1. Informal. unexpected; without prior warning or announcement: The teacher gave us a pop quiz.

Verb Phrases
  1. pop for, Informal. 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.

  2. pop in. See entry at pop-in.

  1. 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.

  2. pop out, Baseball. to be put out by hitting a pop fly caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.

  3. pop up, Baseball. to hit a pop fly.

Idioms about pop

  1. a pop, Slang. each; apiece: five orchids at $30 a pop.

  2. pop the question, Informal. to propose marriage: They dated for two years before he popped the question.

Origin of pop

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English verb poppen “to strike”; of expressive origin

regional variation note For pop

19. See soda pop.

Other words for pop

Other definitions for pop (2 of 8)

[ pop ]

  1. of or relating to popular songs: pop music; pop singers.

  2. of or relating to pop art.

  1. reflecting or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people: pop culture; pop novels.

  1. popular music: It's the first time she's sung pop.

  2. pop art.

Origin of pop

First recorded in 1860–65; shortening of popular

Other definitions for pop (3 of 8)

[ pop ]


Origin of pop

First recorded in 1820–30; short form of poppa

Other definitions for pop (4 of 8)

[ pop ]

  1. a frozen ice or ice-cream confection on a stick: Two lemon pops, please.

Origin of pop

Probably shortening of Popsicle

Other definitions for POP (5 of 8)

[ pee-oh-pee; especially for def. 2, pop ]

abbreviation, noun

Other definitions for pop. (6 of 8)


  1. popular.

  2. popularly.

  1. population.

Other definitions for p.o.p. (7 of 8)


  1. point-of-purchase.

Other definitions for P.O.P. (8 of 8)


  1. point-of-purchase.

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How to use pop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pop (1 of 5)


/ (pɒp) /

verbpops, popping or popped
  1. to make or cause to make a light sharp explosive sound

  2. to burst open or cause to burst open with such a sound

  1. (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)

  2. (intr) (esp of the eyes) to protrude: her eyes popped with amazement

  3. to shoot or fire at (a target) with a firearm

  4. (tr) to place or put with a sudden movement: she popped some tablets into her mouth

  5. (tr) informal to pawn: he popped his watch yesterday

  6. (tr) slang to take (a drug) in pill form or as an injection: pill popping

  7. pop one's clogs See clog 1 (def. 9)

  8. pop the question informal to propose marriage

  1. a light sharp explosive sound; crack

  2. informal a flavoured nonalcoholic carbonated beverage

  1. informal a try; attempt: have a pop at goal

  2. informal an instance of criticism: Townsend has had a pop at modern bands

  3. a pop informal each: 30 million shares at 7 dollars a pop

  1. with a popping sound

  1. an exclamation denoting a sharp explosive sound

Origin of pop

C14: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for pop (2 of 5)


/ (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

  1. informal a piece of popular or light classical music

  1. informal short for popular

British Dictionary definitions for pop (3 of 5)


/ (pɒp) /

  1. an informal word for father

  2. informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man

British Dictionary definitions for POP (4 of 5)


abbreviation for
  1. point of presence: a device that enables access to the internet

  2. internet post office protocol: a protocol which brings e-mail to and from a mail server

  1. Post Office Preferred (size of envelopes, etc)

  2. persistent organic pollutant

British Dictionary definitions for pop. (5 of 5)


abbreviation for
  1. popular

  2. popularly

  1. population

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