pom-pom

noun (1)
\ ˈpäm-ˌpäm How to pronounce pom-pom (audio) \

Definition of pom-pom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an ornamental ball or tuft used especially on clothing, caps, or costumes
2 : a handheld usually brightly colored fluffy ball flourished by cheerleaders

pom-pom

noun (2)

Definition of pom-pom (Entry 2 of 2)

: an automatic antiaircraft gun of 20 to 40 millimeters mounted especially on ships

First Known Use of pom-pom

Noun (1)

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pom-pom

Noun (1)

alteration of pompon

Noun (2)

imitative; from the sound of its discharge

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The first known use of pom-pom was in 1873

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“Pom-pom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pom-pom. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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pom-pom

noun
\ ˈpäm-ˌpäm \

Kids Definition of pom-pom

1 : a small fluffy ball used as decoration especially on clothing
2 : a usually brightly colored fluffy ball waved by cheerleaders

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