verbpopped, pop·ping, pops
- To make a short, sharp, explosive sound.
- To burst open with a short, sharp, explosive sound.
- To move quickly or unexpectedly; appear abruptly: At last the cottage popped into view.
- To open wide suddenly: The child's eyes popped with astonishment.
- To have the eustachian tubes open suddenly, equalizing pressure on both sides of the eardrum in response to changes in atmospheric pressure, as in a descending airplane: After I swallowed, my ears popped.
- Baseball To hit a short high fly ball, especially one that can be caught by an infielder: popped out to shortstop.
- To shoot a firearm, such as a pistol.
a. To be exciting: a club that really pops at night.
b. To be visually striking: a logo that really pops.
- To cause to make a sharp bursting sound.
- To cause to open with a sharp bursting sound: popped the hood of the car to check the oil.
- To cause to explode with a sharp bursting sound: popped the balloon.
- To put or thrust suddenly or unexpectedly: “popping a crisp plump shrimp into her mouth” ( Kathleen Winsor )
a. To discharge (a firearm).
b. To fire at; shoot.
- To hit or strike: popped me on the head.
- Baseball To hit (a ball) high in the air but not far.
- To release (a clutch) suddenly.
a. To take (drugs), especially orally: “To calm a case of the jitters … the bride popped Valium” ( People )
b. To have (a drink): popped a few beers after work.
- Slang To take into legal custody; arrest: “Her friend was visiting and got popped for a DUI while he was driving her car” ( Jamie Harrison )
- A sudden sharp, explosive sound.
- A shot with a firearm.
- Chiefly Midwestern US See soft drink. tonic
- Baseball A pop fly.
Phrasal Verbs: pop for Informal
- With a popping sound.
- Abruptly or unexpectedly.
To pay for: I'll pop for the video if you buy some snacks. pop in (or by) Informal
To visit briefly: just popped in to say hello. pop off Informal
To leave abruptly or hurriedly.To die suddenly.To speak thoughtlessly in a burst of released anger.
Origin of pop
Middle English poppen from pop a blow, stroke of imitative origin
(countable and uncountable, plural pops)
- (countable) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
- Listen to the pop of a champagne cork.
- (uncountable, colloquial) An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
- (countable, colloquial) A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
- Go in the store and buy us three pops.
- Shortened from pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm. Possibly confusion, by assonance, with pot as in pot shot.
- The man with the gun took a pop at the rabbit.
- (colloquial) A portion, a quantity dispensed.
- They cost 50 pence a pop.
- (computing) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
- A bird, the European redwing.
(third-person singular simple present pops, present participle popping, simple past and past participle popped)
- (ergative) To burst (something): to cause to burst.
- The boy with the pin popped the balloon.
- To act suddenly, unexpectedly or quickly.
- To hit.
- He popped me on the nose.
- To ejaculate.
- (computing) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
- (UK) To place (something) (somewhere).
- Just pop it in the fridge for now.
- (slang) To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
- (informal) To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
- (intransitive, of the ears) To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tubes open.
- My ears popped as the aeroplane began to ascend.
- To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
- The muskets popped away on all sides.
- To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart; with in, out, upon, etc.
- To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire.
- This corn pops well.
- To stand out, to be visually distinctive.
- Sound made in imitation of the sound.
Onomatopoeic - used to describe the sound, or short, sharp actions.
- (colloquial) Affectionate form of father.
- My pop used to tell me to do my homework every night.
From papa or poppa
- (used attributively in set phrases) Popular.
- Pop music.
From popular, by shortening.
- A social club and debating society at Eton College.
- The body of college prefects.
Origin uncertain. The OED suggests either from (lolli)pop ("because the meetings were held in the rooms of Mrs Hatton, who kept the lollipop shop"), or from Latin popÄ«na (“cookshop"). The second sense derives from the first.
- (also in plural) A popular classical music concert.
Shortened from popular (concert).