po-po

plural noun
\ ˈpō-ˌpō How to pronounce po-po (audio) \

Definition of po-po

US slang
: police Flashing lights in the rearview mirror. It's the po-po!— Judy Tan A youth football coach managed to avoid prison for 13 years due to a clerical error until the po-po finally came a knocking.— Jimi-Izrael I am a police officer in the Bronx, where kids sometimes call the cops "po-po."— Marcus Laffey

First Known Use of po-po

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for po-po

by reduplication of po, from initial syllable of police entry 1

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Cite this Entry

“Po-po.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/po-po. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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