Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From the sound


1 verb
pop1 S3 past tense and past participle popped, present participle popping

come out/off

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to come suddenly or unexpectedly out of or away from something
pop out/off/up etc
The top button popped off my shirt.
The ball popped out of Smith's hands and onto the ground.
out/up popped something
The egg cracked open and out popped a tiny head.
The lid popped open and juice spilled all over the floor.

go quickly

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] especially British English spoken to go somewhere quickly, suddenly, or in a way that you did not expect
pop in/out/by etc
Why don't you pop by the next time you're in town?
I need to pop into the drugstore for a second.
pop round British English
Could you pop round to the shop for some bread?

quickly put something

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] especially British English informal to quickly put something somewhere, usually for a short time
pop something in/around/over etc
I'll just pop these cakes into the oven.
pop something round something British English
Barry popped his head round the door to say hello.

short sound

[intransitive and transitive] to make a short sound like a small explosion, or to make something do this:
The wood sizzled and popped in the fire.


[intransitive and transitive] to burst, or to make something burst, with a short explosive sound:
A balloon popped.


[intransitive] if your ears pop, you feel the pressure in them suddenly change, for example when you go up or down quickly in a plane

somebody's eyes popped (out of their head)

especially British English spoken used to say that someone looked extremely surprised or excited

pop into your head/mind

to suddenly think of something:
All at once an idea popped into her head.

pop the question

informal to ask someone to marry you:
Hasn't Bill popped the question yet?

pop pills

informalMDD to take pills too often, or to take too many at one time


[transitive] American English spoken to hit someone:
If you say that again, I'll pop you one.


[intransitive and transitive]DFC to cook popcorn until it swells and bursts open, or to be cooked in this way

pop your clogs

British English humorous to die

pop off

phrasal verb
to die suddenly

pop something ↔ on

phrasal verb
1 to quickly put on a piece of clothing:
Here, pop on your pyjamas and then we'll read a story.
2 to quickly turn on a piece of electrical equipment:
Pop the kettle on, would you?

pop out

phrasal verb
if words pop out, you suddenly say them without thinking first:
I didn't mean to say it like that - it just popped out.

pop up

phrasal verb
to appear, sometimes unexpectedly:
Click here, and a list of files will pop up.
Her name keeps popping up in the newspapers.

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