poppy

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noun

pop·​py ˈpä-pē How to pronounce poppy (audio)
plural poppies
1
a
: any of a genus (Papaver of the family Papaveraceae, the poppy family) of chiefly annual or perennial herbs with milky juice, showy regular flowers, and capsular fruits including the opium poppy and several forms cultivated as ornamentals
b
: an extract or decoction of poppy used medicinally
2
: a strong reddish orange

poppy

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adjective

pop·​py ˈpä-pē How to pronounce poppy (audio)
poppier; poppiest
: characteristic of popular music especially in being catchy or broadly appealing
"Heart Clicks," the first single and poppiest song on the album, came together overnight as Usher grappled with writer's block.David Friend
Aiming for an off-the-wall yet poppy vibe, his latest single … touches on issues that everyone can relate to in some way.Beverley Knight
… the group—despite its infatuation with raw, bluesy textures—plays with a crispness that makes even its more sardonic numbers seem relatively bright and poppy.Elysa Gardner
By now Chvrches have … repeatedly expressed frustration at people reading unintended messages into their music. Perhaps that's why the two most traditionally poppy songs here are the most pointed: so as to leave no room for misunderstanding.Katherine St. Asaph
A Flock of Seagulls sounded like a more cheerful, poppier version of the guitar-driven Irish band U2 on its first album …Jon Pareles

Examples of poppy in a Sentence

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Noun
One last point on drugs: some have suggested paying the Afghan farmers not to grow poppies. Foreign Affairs, 12 Jan. 2010 On Sissoko’s lapel was a poppy, meant to honor a 6-year-old Palestinian girl killed during the war and a 10-month-old Israeli baby taken hostage by Hamas. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 28 May 2024
Adjective
It can be made from just a few chemicals, while heroin and opium require the slow cultivation of poppy flowers. Vox Staff, Vox, 3 June 2024 The album features Swift’s classic poppy and lyrical style, but introduces a host of new vocabulary words, urging listeners to sprint to Google to decode the songs’ meanings. Abigail Beck, The Arizona Republic, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for poppy 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English popi, from Old English popæg, popig, modification of Latin papaver

Adjective

pop entry 6 + -y entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poppy was before the 12th century

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“Poppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

poppy

noun
pop·​py ˈpäp-ē How to pronounce poppy (audio)
plural poppies
: any of a genus of herbs that have milky juice, showy flowers, and a fruit that is a capsule and include one that is the source of opium and several that are grown as ornamental plants

Medical Definition

poppy

noun
pop·​py ˈpäp-ē How to pronounce poppy (audio)
plural poppies
: any herb of the genus Papaver (family Papaveraceae, the poppy family)
especially : opium poppy

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