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 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 In addition to working extremely well as traditional surface popper, the Little Neck can also be used as a swimming plug. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time," 23 Oct. 2019 Created in 1956, this tough-as-nails sinking surface popper is tail-weighted to improve casting distance. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time," 23 Oct. 2019 The Sneaky Pete is effectively a standard-issue foam popper turned backward. Outdoor Life, "Explosive topwater fly patterns for some blockbuster thrills," 1 May 2020 And one trick to fishing poppers effectively is to match tippet size to the profile and weight of the bug. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of popper

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Feb 2021

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“Popper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popper. Accessed 6 Mar. 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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