[ pop-ee ]
/ ˈpɒp i /

noun, plural pop·pies for 1, 2, 4–7.

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.

Nearby words

  1. poppethead,
  2. poppied,
  3. popping crease,
  4. poppit,
  5. popple,
  6. poppy anemone,
  7. poppy day,
  8. poppy family,
  9. poppy red,
  10. poppy seed


    tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.

Origin of poppy

before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papigVulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver

Related formspop·py·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tall poppy

tall poppy


Australian informal a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent

Word Origin for tall poppy

perhaps from Tarquin's decapitation of the tallest poppies in his garden, to indicate the fate of the most prominent citizens of Gabii


/ (ˈpɒpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

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
  1. a strong red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (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

Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver


/ (ˈpɒpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

of or relating to pop music
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Word Origin and History for tall poppy



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).

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Medicine definitions for tall poppy


[ pŏpē ]


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.

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