There are 4 main definitions of pop in English:


Syllabification: pop
Pronunciation: /päp

verb (pops, popping, popped)

1 [no object] Make a light explosive sound: corks popped, glasses tinkled, and delicate canapés were served
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  • I felt and probably looked like a balloon under pressure, about to pop if anything else filled my head.
  • The drama for residents in nearby Bole Foot began at around 2am as they heard a series of loud bangs - caused by tyres bursting in the heat and air bags popping.
  • His fists tightened until his knuckles popped and the girls' eyes widened.
go bang, go off;
crack, snap, burst, explode
1.1 [with object] Cause (something) to burst, making a pop: they were popping balloons with darts
1.2(Of a person’s ears) make a small popping sound within the head as pressure is equalized, typically because of a change of altitude.
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  • At approximately 3,500m altitude, my ears pop, and the mild breeze filtering into the car becomes a cold torrent, and the ascent suddenly increases.
  • Every now and then my ears would pop with the pressure, despite us having all our windows on the leeward side of the house open.
  • Instantly his ears popped, and the pressure drained out of his head in a dizzying rush.
1.3 [with object] Heat (popcorn or another foodstuff) until it bursts open.
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  • One of the six ways to pop popcorn is with hot air.
  • Upon returning to Heather's house, we went into her kitchen and raided it for chocolate and popped popcorn.
  • Sam was in the kitchen, popping popcorn by the smells of it.
1.4(Of a person’s eyes) bulge or appear to bulge when opened wide, especially as an indication of surprise.
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  • I could imagine Natalie on the other line, mouth wide open, eyes popping.
  • He gave a shrill cry of pain as his eyes popped open wide.
  • However, others look at us with eyes popping wide.
2 [no object] Go somewhere, typically for a short time and often without notice: she popped in to see if she could help
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  • Within minutes he popped back in the room with three cans of paint and some brushes.
  • They popped in to see me and introduce themselves.
  • My lovely friend Jane G has just popped in to work to see me.
drop in, stop by, visit
2.1 [with object] Put or move (something) somewhere quickly: he popped his head around the door
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  • I popped my head up quickly and looked at Leon who was standing outside of the passenger side door.
  • He took a quick look and popped the ball over with ease.
  • He smacks his lips and pops another few berries into his mouth, clearly relishing their taste and their effect.
put, place, slip, slide, stick, set, lay, install, position, arrange
3 [no object] Baseball (Of a batter) hit a pop fly.
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  • In the second inning, the Cubs had Run Santo on second and Jerry Kindall on first when Ed Bouchee popped to second baseman Julian Javier.
3.1 [with object] (Of a pitcher) cause (a batter) to pop up.
4 [no object] Appear brighter or more striking in juxtaposition with something of a different or complementary color: she added a slick of red lipstick to make the outfit pop gray creates a calm, neutral backdrop that lets other colors pop
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  • The red of ages-old pagodas popped against the thick, green leaves and bright, blue sky for some much-appreciated contrast.
  • The white pedestal dining table instantly pops against the muted green wall.
  • The sculpturally framed staircase is painted bright yellow that pops from the forest's green hues.
5 [with object] informal Take or inject (a drug): people who obsessively drink and pop pills
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  • He popped an aspirin and drank half a bottle of water, but his tongue still felt dry as sandpaper.
  • And frankly, who wouldn't want to pop a few placid pills or love potions just to escape from the long list of wicked words mentioned above.
  • He was, it seems, referring obliquely to the haze created by all those mind-expanding drugs the beautiful people popped, mainlined and smoked.
6 [with object] British informal Pawn (something).
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  • I had to pop the silver, dear.


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1A light explosive sound: at first there were just a few pops, perhaps from pistols
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  • We heard snapping sounds, pops, little explosions, and then the walls bulged out, and we heard a sound like an avalanche.
  • I froze, gaping for a second until the sound of the detonation, a sharp pop at that distance, shook me out of it.
  • The audio quality isn't the best, a lot of cracks and pops on it, but you know how that is with those old records.
bang, crack, snap;
explosion, report
2A patch of bright color: I like wearing a neutral outfit with one pop of yellow
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  • This time though I used a touch of gold for that pop of color.
  • Wow, those shoes are amazing- such a great pop of color!
  • Gauzy silk and chiffon gowns in floral prints with pops of red and electric blue rounded out the collection.
3 informal short for soda pop (see soda (sense 1)).
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  • The only food is crisps and chocolate, the only drink water, fizzy pop, Nescafe, or tea with powdered milk, and the only shopping is tat.
  • We drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
  • Consumers of bottled water tend to be more wealthy than those who drink fizzy pop.
soft drink, soda, carbonated drink
4 (also pop fly or pop-up) Baseball A ball hit high in the air but not deep, providing an easy catch.
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  • Although brilliant with the glove, Power became a source of controversy because of the one-handed style that he used on ground balls and pop-ups.
  • I would outlaw the current catchers' gloves which break in the middle, making it easier to catch pop-ups.
  • A few wild swishes, a couple of pop-ups for easy catches, and then a mishit squeezed past first base is enough to keep a streak alive.
5An attempt: he grabs with a paw and hooks about two hundred berries at a pop
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  • I thought no, the going's good, I'll give it one more pop.


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With a light explosive sound: the champagne went pop
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  • I felt (and heard) something in my wrist go pop as I lifted Fiona out of her car seat.
  • I raised the gun and fired a positively perfect shot - the only problem was that it went pop rather than bang.
  • After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.


late Middle English (in the senses 'a blow, knock' and 'to strike'): imitative.


—— a pop

North American informal Costing a specified amount per item: those swimsuits she wears are $50 a pop
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  • For 99 cents a pop, plus a monthly download fee, you can store a file wherever you'd like.
  • I mean, the record industry was much happier when they were selling 500,000, a million things at $20 a pop than 500 million songs at 99 cents a pop.
  • And by then Edison's stock, which had traded as high as $23 a share in the glory days of 2001, was chugging along at 85 cents a pop.

have (or take) a pop at

informal , chiefly British Attack physically or verbally.
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  • Even more important, though, Wanadoo could get the chance to take a pop at all those critics who described the company as serial complainers and whingers.
  • They then moved from turning pop into art to having a pop at the art world.
  • The point about political correctness, of course, is that it's an invaluable Aunt Sally, a flimsy paper tiger for anyone to have a pop at when they can't be bothered to come up with a proper argument to back up their position.

make someone's eyes pop (out)

informal Cause great astonishment to someone.
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  • There were the fights over a boy, the struggle with parents, the shopping and clothes that made your eyes pop.
  • Maybe Mariucci wasn't the guy who was going to take them to the next level, but who among the candidates really makes your eyes pop?
  • You could, of course, just vote for her, with my assurance that she is so absolutely brilliant she makes my eyes pop out of my head.

pop the question

informal Propose marriage.
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  • In October he decided to lay plans to pop the question and started thinking of original ways to propose.
  • Eventually he pops the question and the wedding adventure of the year is on.
  • As Georgie and Gabe drive away, Gabe pops the question and Georgie accepts.

Phrasal verbs

pop for

informal Pay for (something), especially as a treat for someone else: I popped for the first three tolls
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  • I popped for the full ride, right down to the flat panel television display.
  • When a soldier from the area was killed in Iraq, I popped for a one-week subscription to The Rooster to read the feature article.
  • He is putting the good word out to readers that you too can own these handmade, multiple-track CD-Rs if you're willing to pop for the color covers and postage to wherever it is you reside.

pop off

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  • Raymond Brown also died recently; all these great guys have all just popped off.
  • I just want there to be street parties when he pops off.
  • I felt like cheering when she finally popped off.
2Speak spontaneously and at length, typically angrily: I’ve been thinking about it a lot—I don’t want you to imagine I’m just popping off
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  • Sharpton is the race's ragged edge, its propensity to pop off and speak out of turn; he's the political id that blacks are constantly encouraged to throw away in the spirit of progress and cooperation.
  • So please, if you care about us, do not post any messages when Mike pops off about me in the future (as you know he will).
  • But what I'm wondering is, is this going to make people at home when they see various pundits popping off on shows say, I wonder who is paying that guy?

pop out

Make an out in a baseball game by hitting a pop fly that is caught.
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  • Carlos Delgado popped out before the game was called with one out in the bottom of the inning.
  • As the second option, he pops out toward the foul line and then has a turnaround jump shot.

pop up

1Appear or occur suddenly and unexpectedly: these memories can pop up from time to time
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  • There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.
  • Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.
  • So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.
appear (suddenly), occur (suddenly), arrive, materialize, come along, happen, emerge, arise, crop up, turn up, present itself, come to light
informal show up
1.1 Computing (Of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.
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  • You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.
  • It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.
  • You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.
2Hit a baseball high into the air but not deep, providing an easy catch: in three at bats, he struck out twice and popped up
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  • The vast majority of firebrands have been second basemen, a position often played by smaller men, though feisty shortstops also pop up from time to time.
  • The batter popped up a bunt foul behind catcher who chose to catch the foul ball on the fly.
  • With the winning run on second and nobody out, Damon tried to bunt, and he ended up popping up to Posada.

Definition of pop in:

There are 4 main definitions of pop in English:


Syllabification: pop
Pronunciation: /päp


1Of or relating to commercial popular music: a pop singer a pop song
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  • Plus his band, in their various guises have plenty of catchy, commercial pop tunes.
  • He was already interested in progressive and anti-war politics, and new pop stars such as Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin fueled his passion.
  • Oberst is a strange hybrid: He's undeniably a pop star, and also undeniably an indie rocker.
2often derogatory (Especially of a technical, scientific, or academic subject) made accessible to the general public; popularized: pop psychology
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  • Self-esteem as portrayed by the current generation of pop psychologists is nothing less than self-worship, narcissism.
  • Red Dragon's goal of being a smart thriller is also tainted by the cheap and obvious pop psychology used to paint the characters.
  • You should have no problem finding general interest and pop science articles on his work.


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1Commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music.
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  • From The Smiths to Nirvana, much of the best pop and rock music has been made by fans.
  • Red Stage near City hall will feature pop and rock music with Thai ‘Luk Thung’.
  • Alarm clocks were going off, playing rock, Christian pop, jazz or reggae.
1.1 dated A pop record or song.
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  • In some songs, say some pop tunes or a dance record where the lyric isn't really about anything, it can be other things.
  • As subtly subversive as their lyrics are, Pernice's songs are pure pop at heart.
  • It became one of the defining pop songs of the decade.


late 19th century: abbreviation of popular.

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There are 4 main definitions of pop in English:


Syllabification: pop
Pronunciation: /päp
(also pops)


chiefly US
Informal term for hard-paste.
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  • But Blake grew accustomed to addressing my pop as his own dad.
  • And thank you, very sincerely, to everyone who sent well wishes to my pops.
  • Respect your moms, your pops, or whoever it was raised you.


mid 19th century: abbreviation of poppa.

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There are 4 main definitions of pop in English:


Syllabification: POP
Pronunciation: /päp
(also PoP)


1 Computing Point of presence, denoting equipment that acts as access to the Internet.
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  • In addition, they pay for the right to place their PoP in the CO of the telecom company.

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