noun (1)
\ˈpäm-ˌpäm \

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


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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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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