There are 2 definitions of pom-pom in English:

pom-pom1

Syllabification: pom-pom
Pronunciation: /ˈpäm ˌpäm
 
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(also pompom or pompon)

noun

  • 1A small woolen ball attached to a garment, especially a hat, for decoration.
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    • In contrast round toed flats will be adorned with pompoms, rosebud trims, grosgrain bows and Tyrolean ribbons.
    • Terri's was the same dress she wore last year, red with white pompoms dangling off the hem.
    • Even now, when I saw the kids in their faux fur-lined coats and pompom topped hats, I could remember the way Rob had knelt to the sidewalk, had so delicately touched one of the young girl's silken braids.
  • 1.1A large round cluster of brightly colored streamers waved in pairs by cheerleaders.
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    • Jumping around in a miniskirt, waving pompons when you're ten is cute; but when you're fifteen, well, it goes beyond cute.
    • And Ms Mason, a partner at Sanderson's, stressed there was more to being a cheerleader than simply waving pompoms in the air.
    • Some of the crowd even stood as the players entered, some young girls flailing around with blue colored pompoms.
  • 1.2A dahlia, chrysanthemum, or aster with small tightly clustered petals: [as modifier]: miniature, pompom, and border dahlias
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    • Small, miniature, and pompon dahlias should be about 2' apart.
    • Other China asters resemble pompons or peonies.
    • Double-petalled, bright lemon-yellow blossoms resembling pompoms grace the top of this very tall plant.

Origin

mid 18th century: French pompon, of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of pom-pom in English:

pom-pom2

Syllabification: pom-pom
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈpäm ˌpäm/
(also pompom)

noun

  • An automatic quick-firing two-pounder cannon of the World War II period, typically mounted on a ship and used against aircraft.
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    • Beyond here, towards the bow, a quadruple two-pounder anti-aircraft or pom-pom gun system with a stack of ammunition ready by its side lends something of a Chuuk lagoon atmosphere to the dives.
    • The pompom (or pom-pom, pom pom, etc.) was a 40.5mm automatic cannon that fired 2-lb. (2pdr) ammunition.
    • A lighter version of the Maxim pom-pom did see service: the Sockelflak.

Origin

late 19th century: imitative of the sound of the discharge.

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