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

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With prices starting at $8 (shout out to It Cosmetics’s confetti poppers!), beauty product ornaments could be the next big gift-giving craze. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 Your FitBit will have a relationship with your popcorn popper. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "Siri, Why Do I Feel Like I’m Being Watched?," 10 Aug. 2018 The bed, especially, was meant to be a real eye-popper. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Ann Pyne on Designing a Happy and Fun Southampton Home," 2 Oct. 2012 The tiny poppers fireworks, which make noise when thrown against a hard surface, are considered explosive compounds by the school’s hearing officer, who decided to expel the child, Channel 2 reported. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "10-year-old permanently expelled for bringing ‘poppers’ to Henry County school," 31 May 2018 Illinois remains one of only four states that still bans most fireworks other than poppers and sparklers, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Legal fireworks in Illinois? Despite annual injury toll, lawmaker proposes that state join pyrotechnics market," 10 July 2018 The kitchen is an eye-popper, designed by Bryenton. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "17 years of tweaks turns Pleasant Ridge home into a vintage showplace," 7 July 2018 Top water bite has started early and late, try spooks, poppers, or buzz baits. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Mavericks: Big Lou’s does a unique take with its jalapeño poppers (four for $6.95), stuffing the peppers with pepper jack cheese and then rolling them with a slice of bacon before getting battered and fried. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of popper

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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