[ pop-uhl ]

verb (used without object),pop·pled, pop·pling.
  1. to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water.

  1. a poppling motion.

Origin of popple

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English poplen; imitative; see -le

Words Nearby popple

Other definitions for popple (2 of 2)

[ pop-uhl ]

nounNorthern U.S.
  1. a poplar of the genus Populus.

Origin of popple

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English popul, from Latin pōpulus

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How to use popple in a sentence

  • Oh, I don't know unless it's because he makes such nice popple whistles!

    The English Orphans | Mary Jane Holmes
  • To these we fastened cross pieces of "popple" and on this put a tick filled with wild hay and corn stalk leaves.

  • The roof was made by laying popple poles so they met in the middle and fastening them together.

  • So well placed and idle a gentleman was almost bound to be a bad poet and worse dramatist, and this William popple was both.

    Andrew Marvell | Augustine Birrell
  • The remains of the forest, overgrown with scrub oak and popple thickets pushed down to the right of way.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for popple


/ (ˈpɒpəl) /

  1. (of boiling water or a choppy sea) to heave or toss; bubble

  2. (often foll by along) (of a stream or river) to move with an irregular tumbling motion: the small rivulet poppled along over rocks and stones for half a mile

Origin of popple

C14: of imitative origin; compare Middle Dutch popelen to bubble, throb

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