popgun

noun

pop·​gun ˈpäp-ˌgən How to pronounce popgun (audio)
: a toy gun that usually shoots a cork and produces a popping sound

Examples of popgun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Too much popgun and too little pop. BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2021 But history will recall that the flight occurred more than 60 years after Alan Shepard flew the same popgun trajectory aboard his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule, becoming the first American in space. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 11 July 2021 Compared to California, Florida’s economy is a popgun. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Its popgun cartridge was not much more than a pistol round. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 22 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popgun was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Popgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popgun. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

popgun

noun
pop·​gun ˈpäp-ˌgən How to pronounce popgun (audio)
: a toy gun that usually shoots corks and makes a popping sound
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