Pop - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pɑːp|  American pronunciation of the word pop
Brit.  |pɒp|  British pronunciation of the word pop


- an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk (syn: dad, daddy, pa, papa)
- a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring (syn: soda, tonic)
- a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork
- music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
- bulge outward (syn: bulge, come out, pop out, protrude, start)
- hit a pop-fly
- make a sharp explosive noise
- fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise
- cause to make a sharp explosive sound
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- like a pop or with a pop


- (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people) (syn: popular)


We heard the sound of corks popping as the celebration began.

One of the buttons popped off my sweater.

Guns were popping in the distance.

We popped some popcorn in the microwave.

The popcorn is done popping.

I didn't mean to say that—it just popped out.

Her shoulder popped out of its socket.

He opened the box, and out popped a mouse.

If you are busy, I can pop back in later.

My neighbor popped in for a visit.

...uninterested in the pop fiction that most of the other publishing houses happily churned out...

His nerves were so taut, he jumped when the cork popped.

Somebody popped a balloon behind my back.

Cover and simmer until the berries have popped.

At lunchtime, I popped to the supermarket to stock up on vital provisions.

Phrasal verbs

pop in  — enter briefly
pop off  — leave quickly
pop out  — appear suddenly
pop up  — appear suddenly or unexpectedly

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pop
he/she/it: pops
present participle: popping
past tense: popped
past participle: popped
singular: pop
plural: pops
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