pu·​pu ˈpü-ˌpü How to pronounce pupu (audio)
: an Asian dish served as an appetizer or main course and consisting of a variety of foods (such as egg rolls, spareribs, and fried shrimp)
pupu platter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They’ll be paired with food items that include lobster mango fritters, kalua pork tostones, Hawaiian lamb chops pupu and shrimp and scallop spring rolls. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 The easy critique is to label Naugles a culinary retcon that deserves to stay in the graveyard of bad restaurant ideas, like Sambo's and pupu platters. Gustavo Arellano, latimes.com, 10 July 2019 Their pupu platter of average big men didn’t help either. Matt Dollinger, SI.com, 21 June 2017 Pull up a mondo pupu platter ($19.95) and light the torches at Boise’s only tiki bar. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, 1 June 2017 Cheese balls or a flaming pupu platter are probably O.K. Michael Cieply, New York Times, 1 July 2016

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Word History


Hawaiian pūpū appetizer

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pupu was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Pupu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupu. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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