\ ˈpäp How to pronounce pop (audio) \
popped; popping

Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 8)

transitive verb

1 : to strike or knock sharply : hit
2 : to push, put, or thrust suddenly and often deftly pops a grape into her mouth popped in a CD
3 : to cause to explode or burst open popped some popcorn pop the trunk
4 : to fire at : shoot
5 : to take (pills) especially frequently or habitually
6 : to open with a pop pop a cold beer

intransitive verb

1a : to go, come, or appear suddenly often used with upimages popping up on the screenpop in for a visit
b : to escape or break away from something (such as a point of attachment) usually suddenly or unexpectedly
c : to be or become striking or prominent colors that pop … a mild sauce punctuated with tiny dried shrimp that pop with salinity.— John Kessler
2 : to make or burst with a sharp sound a balloon popped
3 : to protrude from the sockets eyes popping with amazement
4 : to shoot with a firearm
5 : to hit a pop fly often used with up or out
pop the question
: to propose marriage

Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 8)

1 : a sharp explosive sound
2 : a shot from a gun
5 : power to hit a baseball hard a hitter with some pop in his bat
6 : a drink or shot of alcohol
7 : a small portion of something that makes a vivid impression … clean lines … set off by bright pops of color …— Catherine Piercy
a pop
1 : for each one : apiece tickets at $10 a pop
2 : for each attempt rushed for an average of five yards a pop



Definition of pop (Entry 3 of 8)

: like or with a pop : suddenly often used interjectionally

Definition of pop (Entry 4 of 8)

Definition of pop (Entry 5 of 8)

1 : popular pop music : such as
a : of or relating to popular music pop singer
b : of or relating to the popular culture disseminated through the mass media pop psychology pop grammarians pop society
2a : of or relating to pop art pop painter
b : having, using, or imitating themes or techniques characteristic of pop art pop movie

Definition of pop (Entry 6 of 8)

1a : popular music
b pops, plural : an orchestra that plays light classical and popular music went to hear the Boston Pops also : light classical and popular music played typically by an orchestra a summer pops concert
3 : pop culture


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Definition of pop (Entry 7 of 8)



abbreviation (2)

Definition of POP (Entry 8 of 8)

point of purchase

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pop

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pop in a Sentence

Verb We heard the sound of corks popping as the celebration began. One of the buttons popped off my sweater. Guns were popping in the distance. We popped some popcorn in the microwave. The popcorn is done popping. I didn't mean to say that—it just popped out. Her shoulder popped out of its socket. He opened the box, and out popped a mouse. If you are busy, I can pop back in later. My neighbor popped in for a visit. Adjective uninterested in the pop fiction that most of the other publishing houses happily churned out
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First Known Use of pop


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1828, in the meaning defined above


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pop


Middle English poppen, of imitative origin

Noun (2)

short for poppa


by shortening

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of pop was in the 15th century

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Financial Definition of POP

What It Is

Public offering price (POP) refers to the price at which shares of a company are issued in an initial public offering (IPO)

How It Works

When a company issues stock for the first time as part of an IPO, the underwriting investment bank is responsible for determining the stock's public offering price (POP). The POP is based on numerous variables including, but not limited to, the stock prices of similarly-valued companies in the same industry, the issuing company's growth potential and the issuing company's current value as expressed by its financial statements.

Why It Matters

The prices of stocks established in the market are determined by supply and demand. A POP, by contrast, is determined by fiat and reflects how a few individuals believe a share's worth of a company should be valued rather than what investors would necessarily be willing to pay based on market forces.

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How to pronounce POP (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to suddenly break open or come away from something often with a short, loud noise
: to make a short, loud noise
: to cook (popcorn)

English Language Learners Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to things that are popular and often talked about on television, in newspapers, etc.
: of or relating to popular music


\ ˈpäp How to pronounce pop (audio) \
popped; popping

Kids Definition of pop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to burst or cause to burst with a short loud sound The balloon popped.
2 : to cause to open suddenly Blackbeard slid a hidden button and popped up the lid.— Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger
3 : to go, come, or appear suddenly or unexpectedly Let's pop in for a visit. An idea popped into my head.
4 : to put into or onto quickly or suddenly I popped a grape into my mouth.
5 : to stick out Their eyes were popping with surprise.
6 : to shoot with a gun



Kids Definition of pop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short loud sound

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