Origin of pops
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.
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Related Words for popsblow, insert, hit, appear, shove, thrust, bang, dart, explode, put, leap, stick, crack, snap, whack, explosion, burst, jump, report, strike
Examples from the Web for pops
Contemporary Examples of pops
Behind a chorus of shrill insects, the pops of gunfire can sometimes be heard in the distance.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
There have also been instances during this air war when combat aircraft are not available in time to strike a target that pops up.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
October 10, 2014
He pops from the screen as a charismatic, occasionally messianic “human prism,” as Moss calls him.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
As Dre mulled over how to talk to Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) about sex, Pops appeared while his son was stretching.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
It was the July 1996 issue of the British music magazine Top of the Pops which gave the girls their monikers.What The Hell is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?
September 29, 2014
Historical Examples of pops
He's been satisfying every whim of curiosity that pops into his mind.The Big Tomorrow
If it weren't for men like Pops, they'd never've made their fortune.Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
What kind of essence does a young man like when he pops the question?The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
It is generally agreed that the one for whom the first that pops is named, loves.The Book of Hallowe'en
Ruth Edna Kelley
Hush, speak low, and as if we were talking about pictures and Monday Pops.Witness to the Deed
George Manville Fenn
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.