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noun (1)

pop·​ple ˈpä-pəl How to pronounce popple (audio)
chiefly dialectal


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noun (2)

: a choppy sea

Examples of popple in a Sentence

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Aspens are grouse magnets, primarily because the buds and catkins of male quaking aspen and bigtooth aspen (also known as popple or poplar) provide the majority of grouse with their single most important winter and early spring food source. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020 Clear, emerald water, deep and cold and rocky and weedless, ringed by red pine and maple and popple, beautiful in every season, quiet and secluded. Star Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English popul, from Old English, from Latin populus

Noun (2)

popple, verb, from Middle English poplen to bubble, ripple, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popple was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Popple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popple. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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