Pronunciation: (pop), [key]
v., popped, pop•ping,
n., adv., adj.

1. to make a short, quick, explosive sound: The cork popped.
2. to burst open with such a sound, as chestnuts or corn in roasting.
3. to come or go quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: She popped into the kitchen to check the stove.
4. to shoot with a firearm: to pop at a mark.
5. to protrude from the sockets: The news made her eyes pop.
6. Baseball.
a. to hit a pop fly (often fol. by up).
b. to pop out.

1. to cause to make a sudden, explosive sound.
2. to cause to burst open with such a sound.
3. to open suddenly or violently: to pop the hood on a car; to pop the tab on a beer can.
4. to put or thrust quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: He popped the muffins into the oven.
5. cause to fire; discharge: He popped his rifle at the bird.
6. to shoot (usually fol. by at, off, etc.): He popped off bottles with a slingshot.
7. Brit. pawn.
8. Informal.
a. to take or swallow (pills), esp. in excess or habitually; take orally in a compulsive or addictive way: Popping all those pills will land him in the hospital.
b. to eat in a continual or thoughtless manner, as snack foods: popping peanuts at the movies.
9. pop for, pay or buy for oneself or another, esp. as a gift or treat; spring for: I'll pop for the first round of drinks.
10. pop in, visit briefly and unexpectedly; stop in; drop by: Maybe we'll pop in after the movie.
11. pop off, Informal.
a. to die, esp. suddenly.
b. to depart, esp. abruptly.
c. to express oneself volubly or excitedly and sometimes irately or indiscreetly: He popped off about the injustice of the verdict.
12. pop out, be put out by hitting a pop fly caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.
13. pop the question, propose marriage: They dated for two years before he popped the question.
14. pop up, hit a pop fly.

1. a short, quick, explosive sound.
2. a popping.
3. a shot with a firearm.
4. Informal.See soda pop.
5. a drink or portion of an alcoholic beverage, as a drink of whiskey or a glass of beer: We had a couple of pops on the way home.
6. Baseball.See pop fly.
7. a pop, Slang.each; apiece: five orchids at $30 a pop.

1. with an explosive sound: The balloon went pop.
2. quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly: Pop, the door flew open!

Informal.unexpected; without prior warning or announcement: The teacher gave us a pop quiz.


Pronunciation: (pop), [key]
1. of or pertaining to popular songs: pop music; pop singers.
2. of or pertaining to pop art.
3. reflecting or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people: pop culture; pop novels.

1. popular music: It's the first time she's sung pop.
2. See pop art.


Pronunciation: (pop), [key]
n. Informal.


Pronunciation: (pop), [key]
a frozen ice or ice-cream confection on a stick.




1. popular.
2. popularly.
3. population.


1. See printout paper.
2. point-of-purchase.



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