\ ˈpäp How to pronounce pop (audio) \
popped; popping; pops

Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 8)

transitive verb

1 : to strike or knock sharply : hit popped him in the jaw
2 : to push, put, or thrust suddenly or briefly pops a grape into his mouth She popped her head in the door. Pop the pastry in the oven for ten minutes.
3 : to cause to explode or burst open popped some popcorn pop the trunk
4 : to fire at : shoot
5 : to take (pills) especially frequently or habitually
6 : to open with a pop pop a cold beer

intransitive verb

1a : to go, come, or appear suddenly images popping up on the screen New businesses are popping up all over town.((figurative)) We were discussing candidates for the job, and your name popped up. She popped in for a visit. We're going to pop next door for a minute. The idea just popped into my head. The chipmunk popped out of its burrow. : to move suddenly from one position or state to another Her eyes popped open. When I heard the siren, I popped straight up in bed.
b : to escape or break away from something (such as a point of attachment) usually suddenly or unexpectedly The lid keeps popping off of the container. A couple of screws popped loose. The instant I felt the front tires lurch forward, I applied some throttle and the truck popped free.— Slaton L. White
c : to be or become striking or prominent colors that pop … a mild sauce punctuated with tiny dried shrimp that pop with salinity.— John Kessler
2 : to make or burst with a sharp sound a balloon popped
3 : to protrude or seem to protrude from the sockets : to open very wide eyes popping with amazement
4 : to shoot with a firearm
5 : to hit a pop fly often used with up or out
pop the question
: to propose marriage

Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 8)

1 : a sharp explosive sound
2 : a shot from a gun
5 : power to hit a baseball hard a hitter with some pop in his bat
6 : a drink or shot of alcohol
7 : a small portion of something that makes a vivid impression … clean lines … set off by bright pops of color …— Catherine Piercy
a pop
1 : for each one : apiece tickets at $10 a pop
2 : for each attempt rushed for an average of five yards a pop



Definition of pop (Entry 3 of 8)

: like or with a pop : suddenly often used interjectionally

Definition of pop (Entry 4 of 8)

Definition of pop (Entry 5 of 8)

1 : popular pop music : such as
a : of or relating to popular music pop singer
b : of or relating to the popular culture disseminated through the mass media pop psychology pop grammarians pop society
2a : of or relating to pop art pop painter
b : having, using, or imitating themes or techniques characteristic of pop art pop movie

Definition of pop (Entry 6 of 8)

1a : popular music
b pops plural : an orchestra that plays light classical and popular music went to hear the Boston Pops also : light classical and popular music played typically by an orchestra a summer pops concert
3 : pop culture

Definition of pop (Entry 7 of 8)


Definition of POP (Entry 8 of 8)

point of purchase

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pop

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pop in a Sentence

Verb We heard the sound of corks popping as the celebration began. One of the buttons popped off my sweater. Guns were popping in the distance. We popped some popcorn in the microwave. The popcorn is done popping. I didn't mean to say that—it just popped out. Her shoulder popped out of its socket. He opened the box, and out popped a mouse. If you are busy, I can pop back in later. My neighbor popped in for a visit. Adjective uninterested in the pop fiction that most of the other publishing houses happily churned out
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First Known Use of pop


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pop


Middle English poppen, of imitative origin

Noun (2)

short for poppa


by shortening

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The first known use of pop was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pop. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce POP (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to suddenly break open or come away from something often with a short, loud noise
: to make a short, loud noise
: to cook (popcorn)

English Language Learners Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to things that are popular and often talked about on television, in newspapers, etc.
: of or relating to popular music


\ ˈpäp How to pronounce pop (audio) \
popped; popping

Kids Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to burst or cause to burst with a short loud sound The balloon popped.
2 : to cause to open suddenly Blackbeard slid a hidden button and popped up the lid.— Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger
3 : to go, come, or appear suddenly or unexpectedly Let's pop in for a visit. An idea popped into my head.
4 : to put into or onto quickly or suddenly I popped a grape into my mouth.
5 : to stick out Their eyes were popping with surprise.
6 : to shoot with a gun



Kids Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short loud sound

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