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popper

[pop-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that pops.
  2. a utensil, as a covered pan, used for popping corn.
  3. Angling. chugger.
  4. a vial of amyl or butyl nitrite abused as a vasodilator for the effect of exhilaration.
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Origin of popper

1740–50; pop1 + -er1; compare Middle English poppere a small dagger

Popper

[pop-er]
noun
  1. Sir Karl (Rai·mund) [rey-muh nd] /ˈreɪ mənd/, 1902–1994, British philosopher, born in Austria.
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Examples from the Web for popper

Historical Examples

  • I'll nurse you; and popper says I am just a natural-born nurse, if there ever was one.

    Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885

    Various

  • With all popper's money, we've never been able to get a real good footing.

  • It came as though a dagger had been thrust into the heart of Mrs. Popper.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • In front of me I saw Craig grasping Mrs. Popper's wrists as in a vise.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • "If you would like to see my popper, I can manage it," she said hesitatingly.


British Dictionary definitions for popper

popper

noun
  1. a person or thing that pops
  2. British an informal name for press stud
  3. mainly US and Canadian a container for cooking popcorn in
  4. slang an amyl nitrite capsule, which is crushed and its contents inhaled by drug users as a stimulant
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Popper

noun
  1. Sir Karl. 1902–94, British philosopher, born in Vienna. In The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934), he proposes that knowledge cannot be absolutely confirmed, but rather that science progresses by the experimental refutation of the current theory and its consequent replacement by a new theory, equally provisional but covering more of the known data. The Open Society and its Enemies (1945) is a critique of dogmatic political philosophies, such as Marxism. Other works are The Poverty of Historicism (1957), Conjectures and Refutations (1963), and Objective Knowledge (1972)
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Derived FormsPopperian (pɒˈpɪərɪən), noun, adjective
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popper in Medicine

popper

(pŏpər)
n.
  1. An ampule of amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite used as a stimulant drug.
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