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 In most of those periods, the Fed played the role of bubble-popper by raising interest rates to rein in asset prices and, usually, inflation. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Wild Market Ride Lifts Everything From Lumber to Stocks to Bitcoin," 25 Apr. 2021 Jenkins likes to start beginning surfcasters with three plugs: a pencil popper, a swimming plug, and a darter. Steve Culton, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Surfcasting for Striped Bass," 22 Mar. 2021 This first pattern is a classic black popper with a few cicada-specific adornments. Dave Karczynski, Outdoor Life, "3 Perfect Fly Ties For This Spring’s Cicada Swarmageddon," 25 Feb. 2021 Jill Biden ended the interview attempting to set off a party popper. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Joe and Jill Biden talk COVID-19 heroes, vaccines in odd, Jumbotron 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' interview," 1 Jan. 2021 Your dog instantly knows when the air popper is hoppin' and traipses over to get in on your snack. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Here's What Veterinarians Have to Say," 6 Feb. 2021 To kick off the reveal, Cuevas set off a box of fireworks while Rainey stood to the side eager to shoot her confetti popper. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Love Is Blind Star Mark Cuevas Is Engaged to Girlfriend Aubrey Rainey," 25 Nov. 2020 The citrus is made to be if not peeled, exactly, then at least unraveled, and tucked inside the layers of ribbon are prizes that range from a faux gem to a confetti popper to a temporary tattoo. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, "The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part I," 25 Nov. 2020 Here they can be ripped forward to occasionally make a popper-like sound and attract fish to the bait suspended under them. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips for Catching Giant Bluegills This Summer," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of popper

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2021

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“Popper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popper. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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