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Definition pop

Etymology 1

From Middle English pop, poppe (“a blow; strike; buffet”) (> Middle English poppen (“to strike; thrust”, verb)), of onomatopoeic origin – used to describe the sound, or short, sharp actions. The physics sense is part of a facetious sequence "snap, crackle, pop", after the mascots of Rice Krispies cereal.


pop (countable and uncountable, plural pops)

  1. (countable) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
  2. (uncountable, regional, Midwestern US, Canada, Britain) An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  3. (countable, regional, Midwestern US, Canada) A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  4. A pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm.
  5. (colloquial, in the phrase "a pop") A quantity dispensed, a portion, apiece.
  6. Something that stands out or is distinctive, especially to the senses.
  7. (computing) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
  8. A bird, the European redwing.
  9. (physics) The sixth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, jounce, crackle), i.e. the rate of change of crackle.
  10. (slang, dated) A pistol.

pop (third-person singular simple present pops, present participle popping, simple past and past participle popped)

  1. (intransitive) To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
  2. (ergative) To burst (something) with a popping sound.
  3. (intransitive, with in, out, upon, etc.) To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart.
  4. (transitive, Britain) To place (something) (somewhere); to move or position (something) with a short movement.
  5. (intransitive, Britain, Canada, often with over, round, along, etc.) To make a short trip or visit.
  6. (intransitive) To stand out; to be distinctive to the senses.
  7. (transitive) To hit (something or someone).
  8. (transitive, slang) To shoot (usually somebody) with a firearm.
  9. (intransitive, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  10. (transitive, computing) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
  11. (transitive, computing) To remove a data item from the top of (a stack).
  12. (transitive, slang) To pawn (something) (to raise money).
  13. (transitive, slang) To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
  14. (transitive, informal) To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
  15. (intransitive, of the ears) To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tubes open.


  1. Used to represent a loud, sharp sound, as of a cork coming out of a bottle.

Etymology 2

From papa or poppa.


pop (plural pops)

  1. (colloquial) Affectionate form of father.

Etymology 3

From popular, by shortening.


pop (not comparable)

  1. (used attributively in set phrases) Popular.

pop (uncountable)

  1. Pop music.

Etymology 4

From colloquial Russian поп (pop) and Попъ (Pop), from Old Church Slavonic попъ (popŭ), from Byzantine Greek (see pope).


pop (plural pops)

  1. (Russian Orthodoxy, uncommon) A Russian Orthodox priest; a parson.

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