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popcorn Line breaks: pop|corn
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpkɔːn/

Definition of popcorn in English:


[mass noun]
1Maize of a variety with hard kernels that swell up and burst open when heated: pop yourself some popcorn
More example sentences
  • They popped popcorn and sat on the floor, all of them wrapped up in a blanket together.
  • He got us a couple of drinks, popped some popcorn, and then suggested we go up to his room.
  • All the recipes I follow tell you to pop the popcorn in a pot with oil and plain popcorn kernels.
1.1Maize kernels when popped, typically eaten as a snack: a bag of popcorn
More example sentences
  • The air smelled of cotton candy and popcorn, the fresh and tantalizing aromas of childhood.
  • I could smell popcorn, candy floss and dusk in the air, and I was enjoying every moment of it.
  • Caroline shoves empty bags of popcorn and candy wrappers into the bag and sets Cassie off.

Words that rhyme with popcorn

Runcorn • peppercorn

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