- any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers.Compare poppy family.
- any of several related or similar plants, as the California poppy or the prickly poppy.
- an extract, as opium, from such a plant.
- Also called poppy red. an orangish red resembling scarlet.
- Architecture. poppyhead.
- an artificial flower resembling a poppy, especially one received as evidence of a contribution to a fund for disabled war veterans.
- tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.
Origin of poppy
Related Words for poppyheroin, opiate, drug, poppy, morphine, dope, hypnotic, soporific, tar, codeine, papaverine
Examples from the Web for poppy
Contemporary Examples of poppy
Poppy Morgan went to her primary care doctor in 2010 because she desperately wanted to take a risk.Dissed By Her Doctor for Wanting HIV Protection
September 6, 2014
Her gorgeous legs seemingly reaching up to the sky, Swift performed her new single, “Shake It Off,” with a bouncy, poppy energy.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
Cases in point: girl starbabies named Autumn James, Gracie James, Mary James, Poppy James, Agnes Charles and Lucy Thomas.Hot Baby Names for 2014
Linda Rosenkrantz & Pamela Redmond Satran
December 6, 2013
To this day, I, like many in Britain, still wear a poppy on Nov. 11.The Last Veterans of World War I
May 28, 2013
With an expansion in poppy cultivation comes an increase in supply in our backyards.Afghanistan: An Opium Grower's Paradise
April 15, 2013
Historical Examples of poppy
It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.De Profundis
You were in a poppy sleep on the mystic flowers of ancient dreams.Quaint Courtships
Now solitude and silence are worse for me than poppy and mandragora.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I used to turn as red as a poppy when I happened to meet the eye of some spectator.My Double Life
French poppy beareth a faire flower, and the Seed will make you sleepe.A New Orchard And Garden
- any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sapSee corn poppy, Iceland poppy, opium poppy
- any of several similar or related plants, such as the California poppy, prickly poppy, horned poppy, and Welsh poppy
- obsolete any of the drugs, such as opium, that are obtained from these plants
- a strong red to reddish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a poppy dress
- a less common name for poppyhead (def. 2)
- an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
Word Origin for poppy
- of or relating to pop music
late Old English popig, popæg, from West Germanic *papua-, probably from Vulgar Latin *papavum, from Latin papaver "poppy," perhaps a reduplicated form of imitative root *pap- "to swell." Associated with battlefields and war dead at least since Waterloo (1815). Poppy-seed is from early 15c.; in 17c. it also was a small unit of length (less than one-twelfth of an inch).
- Any of numerous plants of the genus Papaver, having showy red, orange, or white flowers, a milky juice, and capsules that dehisce through terminal pores.
- An extract from the sap of unripe poppy seedpods, used in medicine and narcotics.