pop·​per | \ ˈpä-pər How to pronounce popper (audio) \

Definition of popper

1 : one that pops especially : a utensil for popping corn
2 slang : a vial of amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite used illicitly as an inhalational aphrodisiac

Examples of popper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jalapeño poppers sounded good: fat jalapeño peppers stuffed with pepperjack cheese, wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ," 8 Nov. 2019 Popular appetizers include macaroni-and-cheese bombs and those bacon-jalapeno poppers. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Best Bay Area barbecue? And the winner is…," 17 Sep. 2019 Party Poppers: Bring some pop into the night with a pack of party confetti poppers. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Sparklers are not harmless. Here are other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with kids," 4 July 2019 When the poppers are finished cooking, transfer to a platter and drizzle with the cheese sauce. Cincinnati.com, "Goetta-stuffed jalapeno poppers are officially a thing. Thank you, Cincinnati," 11 July 2019 Also look for corn poppers, balls of deep-fried corn blended with masa, finger food for dipping is salsa. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Find OMG tamales at the new location for 3 in 1 Restaurant," 18 June 2019 The park's new Mac Attack Burger comes smothered in mac and cheese and topped with bacon, while the new Bahn Burger packs some serious heat with jalapeno popper toppings and red-hot spicy onion rings. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Schlitterbahn Galveston debuts new food items for the summer season," 12 July 2019 With just a drizzle of the creamy cheese sauce and in appetizer portions, these poppers make for a savory treat. Cincinnati.com, "Goetta-stuffed jalapeno poppers are officially a thing. Thank you, Cincinnati," 11 July 2019 However, there are some legal fireworks products, including handheld sparklers, party poppers, snap pops and ignitable snakes. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Five fireworks safety tips ahead of the Fourth of July holiday," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of popper

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Popper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popper. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of popper

: a pan or electric machine for making popcorn


pop·​per | \ ˈpäp-ər How to pronounce popper (audio) \

Medical Definition of popper

: a vial of amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite especially when used illicitly as an inhalational aphrodisiac

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