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)
- (countable) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
- (uncountable, regional, Midwestern US, Canada, Britain) An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
- (countable, regional, Midwestern US, Canada) A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
- A pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm.
- (colloquial, in the phrase "a pop") A quantity dispensed, a portion, apiece.
- Something that stands out or is distinctive, especially to the senses.
- (computing) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
- A bird, the European redwing.
- (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.
- (slang, dated) A pistol.
pop (third-person singular simple present pops, present participle popping, simple past and past participle popped)
- (intransitive) To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
- (ergative) To burst (something) with a popping sound.
- (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.
- (transitive, Britain) To place (something) (somewhere); to move or position (something) with a short movement.
- (intransitive, Britain, Canada, often with over, round, along, etc.) To make a short trip or visit.
- (intransitive) To stand out; to be distinctive to the senses.
- (transitive) To hit (something or someone).
- (transitive, slang) To shoot (usually somebody) with a firearm.
- (intransitive, vulgar) To ejaculate.
- (transitive, computing) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
- (transitive, computing) To remove a data item from the top of (a stack).
- (transitive, slang) To pawn (something) (to raise money).
- (transitive, slang) To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
- (transitive, 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.
- Used to represent a loud, sharp sound, as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
From papa or poppa.
pop (plural pops)
- (colloquial) Affectionate form of father.
From popular, by shortening.
pop (not comparable)
- (used attributively in set phrases) Popular.
- Pop music.
From colloquial Russian поп (pop) and Попъ (Pop), from Old Church Slavonic попъ (popŭ), from Byzantine Greek (see pope).
pop (plural pops)
- (Russian Orthodoxy, uncommon) A Russian Orthodox priest; a parson.
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