Nearby words

  1. poort,
  2. poortith,
  3. pooterish,
  4. pootle,
  5. poove,
  6. pop art,
  7. pop concert,
  8. pop fly,
  9. pop off,
  10. pop psych


Origin of pop

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.

Regional variation note

19. See soda pop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for popping

British Dictionary definitions for popping


abbreviation for

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
See also pop off, pop-up

Word Origin for pop

C14: of imitative origin


/ (pɒp) /


  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)pop music; a pop record; a pop group
informal a piece of popular or light classical music


informal short for popular


/ (pɒp) /


an informal word for father
informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man
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Word Origin and History for popping
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