Definition of popgun in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäpˌɡən/


1A child’s toy gun that shoots a harmless pellet or cork.
Example sentences
  • I felt like someone had placed a popgun really close to my ear and shot it off because there was a ringing that wouldn't stop as well.
  • Other popular games include: ‘gunfighting’ with bamboo popguns; beetle-and spider-fighting; and huyup-huyup, blowing rubber bands out of a circle for bets.
  • The sweet and beautifully drawn Song of the Birds is about a kid's remorse when he hits a little bird with a popgun.
1.1A small, inefficient, or antiquated gun.
Example sentences
  • On the open prairie the .22 Magnum sounds like a popgun.
  • But between you and me, the less I hear those popguns, the more regularly my heart beats.
  • Yes, it has some amusing dialogue, mostly one-liners, but the humor is that of a professional popgun for hire, an impersonal jokester, rather than an observer of humanity.

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Syllabification: pop·gun

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