pop (n.1)

"a hit with a smart, explosive sound," c. 1400, of imitative origin. Meaning "effervescent carbonated beverage" is from 1812.

A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because 'pop goes the cork' when it is drawn. [Southey, letter, 1812]

Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). Meaning "the (brief) time of a 'pop'" is from 1530s. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s in school yards, with organ grinders, at court balls, etc.

pop (adj.)

"having popular appeal," 1926, of individual songs from many genres; 1954 as a noun, as genre of its own; abbreviation of popular; earlier as a shortened form of popular concert (1862), and often in the plural form pops. Pop art is recorded from 1957, said to have been in use conversationally among Independent group of artists from late 1954. Pop culture attested from 1958, short for popular culture (which is attested by 1846).

To dismiss him [Johnnie Ray] out of hand one would have to share (as I can't) that facile contempt for "pop" culture, and by implication "pop" audiences, which is the principal flaw of that ambitious new musical, "Expresso Bongo." [Kenneth Tynan, "At the Theatre," The Observer, May 11, 1958]

pop (n.2)

"father," 1838, chiefly American English, shortened from papa (1680s), from French papa, from Old French, a children's word, similar to Latin pappa (see papa). Form poppa is recorded from 1897.

pop (v.)

mid-15c., "to strike so as to cause to make a short, quick sound;" intransitive sense "make a short, quick sound" is from 1570s; imitative. Of eyes, "to protrude" (as if about to burst), from 1670s. Sense of "to appear or to put with a quick, sudden motion" (often with up, off, in, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. Baseball sense of "to hit a ball high in the air" is from 1867. To pop the question is from 1725, specific sense of "propose marriage" is from 1826. Related: Popped; popping.

updated on October 06, 2020

Definitions of pop from WordNet
pop (v.)
bulge outward;
His eyes popped
Synonyms: start / protrude / pop out / bulge / bulge out / bug out / come out
pop (v.)
hit a pop-fly;
He popped out to shortstop
pop (v.)
make a sharp explosive noise;
The cork of the champagne bottle popped
pop (v.)
fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise;
The soldiers were popping
pop (v.)
cause to make a sharp explosive sound;
He popped the champagne bottle
pop (v.)
appear suddenly or unexpectedly;
He suddenly popped up out of nowhere
The farm popped into view as we turned the corner
Synonyms: crop up / pop up
pop (v.)
put or thrust suddenly and forcefully;
He popped the petit-four into his mouth
pop the pizza into the microwave oven
pop (v.)
release suddenly;
pop the clutch
pop (v.)
hit or strike;
He popped me on the head
pop (v.)
drink down entirely;
They popped a few beer after work
Synonyms: toss off / bolt down / belt down / pour down / down / drink down / kill
pop (v.)
take drugs, especially orally;
The man charged with murder popped a valium to calm his nerves
pop (v.)
cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound;
The child popped the balloon
pop (v.)
burst open with a sharp, explosive sound;
The balloon popped
This popcorn pops quickly in the microwave oven
pop (n.)
an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk;
Synonyms: dad / dada / daddy / pa / papa / pappa
pop (n.)
a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring;
Synonyms: soda / soda pop / soda water / tonic
pop (n.)
a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork;
Synonyms: popping
pop (n.)
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;
Synonyms: pop music
pop (adv.)
like a pop or with a pop;
everything went pop
pop (adj.)
(of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people);
Synonyms: popular
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