• (British, CA) enPR: pŏp, IPA: /pɒp/
  • (America) enPR: pŏp, IPA: /pɑp/


  1. (countable) A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
    Listen to the pop of a champagne cork.
  2. (uncountable, regional, Midwest US, Canada, British) An effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
    Lunch was sandwiches and a bottle of pop.
    • 1941, LIFE magazine, 8 September 1941, page 27:
      The best thing on the table was a tray full of bottles of lemon pop.
  3. (countable, regional, Midwest US, Canada) A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
    Go in the store and buy us three pops.
  4. A pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm.
    The man with the gun took a pop at the rabbit.
  5. (colloquial, in the phrase "a pop") A quantity dispensed, a portion, apiece.
    They cost 50 pence a pop.
  6. Something that stands out or is distinctive, especially to the senses.
    a white dress with a pop of red
    a pop of vanilla flavour
  7. (computing) The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
  8. A bird, the European redwing.
  9. (physics) The sixth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, jounce, crackle), i.e. the rate of change of crackle.
  10. (slang, dated) A pistol.
  • (soda pop) see the list at soda
  • Portuguese: alto
  • Russian: хлопо́к
Translations Verb

pop (pops, present participle popping; past and past participle popped)

  1. (intransitive) To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
    The muskets popped away on all sides.
  2. (ergative) To burst (something) with a popping sound.
    The boy with the pin popped the balloon.
    This corn pops well.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, chapter 1:
      The waves came round her. She was a rock. She was covered with the seaweed which pops when it is pressed. He was lost.
      The court was told Robins had asked if she could use the oven to heat some baby food for her child. Knutton heard a loud popping noise "like a crisp packet being popped" coming from the kitchen followed by a "screeching" noise. When she saw what had happened to the kitten she was sick in the sink.
  3. (intransitive, with in, out, upon, etc.) To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart.
    A rabbit popped out of the hole.
    • 1599-1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, v 2 65
      He that hath . . ./ Popp'd in between the election and my hopes.
    • I startled at his popping upon me unexpectedly.
    • 1626, John Donne, "On the Nativity", Sermons, iv
      So, diving in a bottomless sea, they [the Roman Church] pop sometimes above water to take breath.
    • RQ
      others again have a trick of popping up and down every moment from their paper, to the audience, like an idle schoolboy
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, ii
      When company comes, you are not to pop out and stare, and then run in again, like frightened rabbits in a warren.
  4. (transitive, UK) To place (something) (somewhere); to move or position (something) with a short movement.
    Just pop it in the fridge for now.
    He popped his head around the door.
    • He popped a paper into his hand.
  5. (intransitive, UK, Canada, often with over, round, along, etc.) To make a short trip or visit.
    I'm just popping round to the newsagent.
    I'll pop by your place later today.
  6. (intransitive) To stand out; to be distinctive to the senses.
    This colour really pops.
    • She also looked like a star - and not the Beltway type. On a stage full of stiff suits, she popped.
  7. (transitive) To hit (something or someone).
    He popped me on the nose.
  8. (transitive, slang) To shoot (usually somebody) with a firearm.
  9. (intransitive, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  10. (transitive, computing) To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
    • 2010, Enrico Perla, ‎Massimiliano Oldani, A Guide to Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core (page 55)
      Once the callee (the called function) terminates, it cleans the stack that it has been locally using and pops the next value stored on top of the stack.
  11. (transitive, computing) To remove a data item from the top of (a stack).
    • 2011, John Mongan, ‎Noah Kindler, ‎Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed
      The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf).
  12. (transitive, slang) To pawn (something) (to raise money).
    I had to pop my watch to see me through until pay-day.
  13. (transitive, slang) To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
    • 1994, Ruth Garner and Patricia A. Alexander, Beliefs about text and instruction with text:
      We were drinking beer and popping pills — some really strong downers. I could hardly walk and I had no idea what I was saying.
  14. (transitive, informal) To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
    • 1995, David Brin, Startide Rising:
      Huck spun along the beams and joists, making me gulp when she popped a wheelie or swerved past a gaping hole...
    • 2009, Ben Wixon, Skateboarding: Instruction, Programming, and Park Design:
      The tail is the back of the deck; this is the part that enables skaters to pop ollies...
  15. (intransitive, of the ears) To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tubes open.
    My ears popped as the aeroplane began to ascend.
  • Russian: ло́паться
  • Russian: сова́ть
  • Russian: закладывать
  1. Used to represent a loud, sharp sound, as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
  • Russian: хлоп
  • Spanish: pop

pop (plural pops)

  1. (colloquial) Affectionate form of father.
    My pop used to tell me to do my homework every night.
  • Russian: па́па
  • Spanish: papi

pop (not comparable)

  1. (used attributively in set phrases) Popular.

pop (uncountable)

  1. Pop music.
  • French: pop
  • Russian: поп-му́зыка

pop (plural pops)

  1. (Russian Orthodoxy, uncommon) A Russian Orthodox priest; a parson.
    • 1822, Mikhaïlov Vasiliï, Adventures of Michailow, 4
      There was at that time in the house of the Consul a Pop (or Russian Priest) named smallcaps Iwan Afanassich.
    • 2001, Spas Raïkin, Rebel with a Just Cause, 292 n.28
      The contemporary priest's... own children are ashamed and some abusers are openly "transmitting the pop" (a gesture of mocking the priest on the street, where a man would touch his private parts while smiling at other passers-by)
    • 2006, Peter Neville, A Traveller's History of Russia, 123
      By the end of 1809 she was declaring to all and sundry that she would sooner marry 'a pop than the sovereign of a country under the influence of France'. Since a pop was a Russian Orthodox parish priest, the reference was hardly likely to endear her family to the French.


pop (plural pops)

  1. (telecommunications) Acronym of point of presence
  2. (trade) Acronym of Point of Purchase
  3. (weather) Acronym of probability of precipitation
  4. (television) Acronym of picture outside of picture
  5. (environmental science) Acronym of persistent organic pollutant
    • 2009, Edward Group, Complete Colon Cleanse: The At-Home Detox Program to Restore Good Health, Boost Vitality, and Ensure Longevity, Ulysses Press (ISBN 9781569757673), page 91 ↗:
      One commonly used POP (persistent organic pollutant), organochlorine, may be responsible for contaminating the world's seafood supply, since pesticides can run off the land into streams, lakes, and reservoirs.
  • French: PDP
Proper noun
  1. (Internet) Acronym of Post Office Protocol

pop (not comparable)

  1. Acronym of post office preferred denoting a standard envelope size

  • (British) IPA: /pɒp/
  • (America) IPA: /pɑp/

pop (plural pops)

  1. A social club and debating society at Eton College.
  2. The body of college prefects.

pop (plural pops)

  1. (also in plural) A popular classical music concert.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker Dracula, Chapter 5 ↗:
      As to the tall, curly-haired man, I suppose it was the one who was with me at the last Pop.

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