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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pom-pom

Statistics for pom-pom

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pom-pom

The first known use of pom-pom was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pom-pom


\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pom-pom

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pom-pom

Spanish Central: Translation of pom-pom

Nglish: Translation of pom-pom for Spanish Speakers

Comments on pom-pom

What made you want to look up pom-pom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


esteemed in general opinion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!