verb (used without object), popped, pop·ping.
- to hit a pop fly (often followed by up).
- to pop out.
verb (used with object), popped, pop·ping.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of pop1
Synonyms for pop
Regional variation note
Related Words for poppingblow, insert, hit, appear, shove, thrust, bang, dart, explode, put, leap, stick, crack, snap, whack, rise, sock, report, push, go
Examples from the Web for popping
Contemporary Examples of popping
The photos quickly went viral, popping up on a number of gossip blogs.Idris Elba’s Battle of the Bulge: Moose Knuckles and Sexist Double Standards
August 11, 2014
The champagne corks should be popping, and the bubbly flowing, in federal agencies and the White House today.
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April 21, 2014
Things have really been popping for you between the parts on The Good Wife, Homeland, Graceland, and now Game of Thrones.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
Other destination foraging trips have been popping up around the globe.The Foraging Wars: Extreme Eating Hits California
Debra A. Klein
January 31, 2014
Historical Examples of popping
By now the pitifully few weapons of the Earthmen were popping.Slaves of Mercury
The fellow, popping out his head, said, "Shall it be we then?"
There was a popping up of heads all over the school-room to get a sight of the picture.
Superdreadnoughts Were popping into existence at the rate of hundreds per minute.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
They are as normal to me now as the popping of corn or the roasting of potatoes.The Shadow World
verb pops, popping or popped
Word Origin for pop
- 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
"a hit with an explosive sound," c.1400, of imitative origin. Meaning "flavored carbonated beverage" is from 1812.
A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because 'pop goes the cork' when it is drawn. [Southey, letter, 1812]
Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). Meaning "the (brief) time of a 'pop'" is from 1530s. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s in school yards, with organ grinders, at court balls, etc.
"having popular appeal," 1926, of individual songs from many genres; 1954 as a noun, as genre of its own; abbreviation of popular; earlier as a shortened form of popular concert (1862), and often in the plural form pops. Pop art first recorded 1957, said to have been in use conversationally among Independent group of artists from late 1954. Pop culture attested from 1959, short for popular culture (attested by 1846).
"father," 1838, chiefly American English, shortened from papa (1680s), from French papa, from Old French, a children's word, similar to Latin pappa. Form poppa is recorded from 1897.
"cause to make a short, quick sound," mid-15c.; intransitive sense "make a short, quick sound" is from 1570s; imitative. Of eyes, "to protrude" (as if about to burst), from 1670s. Sense of "to appear or put suddenly" (often with up, off, in, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. Baseball sense of "to hit a ball high in the air" is from 1867. To pop the question is from 1725, specific sense of "propose marriage" is from 1826. Related: Popped; popping.