from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a short, sharp, explosive sound.
  • intransitive v. To burst open with a short, sharp, explosive sound.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly or unexpectedly; appear abruptly: At last the cottage popped into view.
  • intransitive v. To open wide suddenly: The child's eyes popped with astonishment.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To hit a short high fly ball, especially one that can be caught by an infielder: popped out to shortstop.
  • intransitive v. To shoot a firearm, such as a pistol.
  • intransitive v. To release (a clutch) suddenly.
  • transitive v. To cause to make a sharp bursting sound.
  • transitive v. To cause to explode with a sharp bursting sound: popped the balloon.
  • transitive v. To put or thrust suddenly or unexpectedly: "popping a crisp plump shrimp into her mouth” ( Kathleen Winsor).
  • transitive v. To discharge (a firearm).
  • transitive v. To fire at; shoot.
  • transitive v. To hit or strike: popped me on the head.
  • transitive v. Baseball To hit (a ball) high in the air but not far.
  • transitive v. Slang To take (drugs), especially orally: "To calm a case of the jitters . . . the bride popped Valium” ( People).
  • transitive v. Slang To have (a drink): popped a few beers after work.
  • n. A sudden sharp, explosive sound.
  • n. A shot with a firearm.
  • n. Chiefly Midwestern U.S. See soft drink. See Regional Note at tonic.
  • n. Baseball A pop fly.
  • adv. With a popping sound.
  • adv. Abruptly or unexpectedly.
  • pop for Informal To pay for: I'll pop for the video if you buy some snacks.
  • pop in To visit briefly: just popped by to say hello.
  • pop off Informal To leave abruptly or hurriedly.
  • pop off Informal To die suddenly.
  • pop off Informal To speak thoughtlessly in a burst of released anger.
  • idiom a pop Slang Apiece; each: Tickets to the benefit were $100 a pop.
  • idiom pop the question Informal To propose marriage.
  • n. Informal Father.
  • adj. Of or for the general public; popular or popularized: pop culture; pop psychology.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or specializing in popular music: a pop singer.
  • adj. Of or suggestive of pop art: a pop style.
  • n. Popular music.
  • n. Pop art.

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  • adj. Popular.
  • n. Pop music.
  • n. A loud, sharp sound as of a cork coming out of a bottle.
  • n. An effervescent or fizzy drink most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  • n. A bottle, can, or serving of effervescent or fizzy drink, most frequently nonalcoholic; soda pop.
  • n. Shortened from pop shot: a quick, possibly unaimed, shot with a firearm. Possibly confusion, by assonance, with pot as in pot shot.
  • n. A portion, a quantity dispensed.
  • n. The removal of a data item from the top of a stack.
  • v. To burst (something): to cause to burst.
  • v. To act suddenly, unexpectedly or quickly.
  • v. To hit.
  • v. To ejaculate.
  • v. To remove (a data item) from the top of a stack.
  • v. To place (something) (somewhere).
  • v. To swallow (a tablet of a drug).
  • v. To perform (a move or stunt) while riding a board or vehicle.
  • v. To undergo equalization of pressure when the Eustachian tubes open.
  • interj. Sound made in imitation of the sound.
  • n. Affectionate form of father.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Like a pop; suddenly; unexpectedly.
  • n. A small, sharp, quick explosive sound or report.
  • n. A nonalcoholic carbonated beverage; -- so called because it expels the cork with a pop from the bottle containing it
  • n. The European redwing.
  • intransitive v. To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound.
  • intransitive v. To enter, or issue forth, with a quick, sudden movement; to move from place to place suddenly; to dart; -- with in, out, upon, off, etc.
  • intransitive v. To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire.
  • transitive v. To thrust or push suddenly; to offer suddenly; to bring suddenly and unexpectedly to notice.
  • transitive v. To cause to pop; to cause to burst open by heat, as grains of Indian corn.
  • transitive v. To eat or swallow; -- of food, especially snacks, in small pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a quick sudden explosive report.
  • To appear or issue forth with a quick sudden motion; come suddenly into view; also, to disappear suddenly.
  • To propose marriage.
  • To cause to make a sudden explosive report.
  • To thrust forward, or offer suddenly or abruptly; put or thrust suddenly: with in, into, out, or upon.
  • To thrust aside or put off abruptly or unexpectedly.
  • To put suddenly: as, to pop the question. See phrase below.
  • To pawn, or pledge with a pawnbroker.
  • Suddenly; abruptly; with unexpected entrance or exit.
  • To strike.
  • To smear (the face) with white lead or other cosmetics; powder (the face).
  • n. A smart explosive sound or small report like that made in drawing a cork from a bottle.
  • n. An effervescent beverage: so called from the sound made by the expulsion of the cork: as, ginger-pop.
  • n. A pistol.
  • n. A stroke.
  • n. The redwinged thrush, Turdus iliacus. C. Swainson.
  • n. A contraction of popular: as, the Monday pops (popular concerts).
  • n. The time during which a reaction or pop safety-valve stays open.
  • n. A colloquial shortening of popcorn: as, the golden pops. See maize, 1.
  • n. An abbreviation of population.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bulge outward
  • v. release suddenly
  • v. hit a pop-fly
  • v. drink down entirely
  • v. cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound
  • v. put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
  • v. burst open with a sharp, explosive sound
  • adv. like a pop or with a pop
  • v. appear suddenly or unexpectedly
  • v. take drugs, especially orally
  • n. an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
  • v. fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise
  • adj. (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
  • v. cause to make a sharp explosive sound
  • n. a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
  • v. make a sharp explosive noise
  • v. hit or strike
  • 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
  • n. a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English poppen, from pop, a blow, stroke, of imitative origin.
Short for papa.

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Onomatopoeic – used to describe the sound, or short, sharp actions.

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From papa or poppa

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From popular, by shortening.



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  • Geographically related to the northern midwest U.S. but also very common in Canada. See pop vs. soda maps.

    January 6, 2012

  • For some reason I'm the only one in my family who says "soda." How did that happen?


    Oh I see! I was born in "pop" raised in "soda" (the only soda in Nebraska, by-the-by, and then moved back to "pop."

    September 26, 2009

  • "pop" is also a dialectic reference for soft drink or soda

    June 27, 2009

  • Pop bottles pop-bottles

    In pop shops;

    The pop-bottles Pop bottles

    Poor Pop drops.

    When Pop drops pop-bottles,

    Pop-bottles plop!

    Pop-bottle-tops topple!

    Pop mops slop!

    Stop! Pop'll drop bottle!

    Stop, Pop, stop!

    When Pop bottles pop-bottles,

    Pop-bottles pop!

    - Morris Bishop, 'Song of the Pop-Bottlers'.

    April 12, 2009

  • Northern English use as soft drink as opposed to slightly dated word for lemonade or other tooth-rotting carbonate.

    Also a type of music, short for popular, obviously.

    Grandfather. Affectionately.

    March 12, 2009

  • Also to pawn. As in 'pop goes the weasel'. Weasel is Cockney rhyming slang for coat (weasel and stoat). So, 'that's the way the money goes' and go and pawn your coat to raise some more money.

    September 13, 2008

  • Nevada looks pretty weird, too.

    September 11, 2008

  • Soft drink forever! And down with the carbonated beverage!

    September 11, 2008

  • *sigh* I don't have particularly fond memories of arguments over Coke v. soda or pop in Mississippi.

    Those are some hot isoglosses!

    (As an aside, did anyone else notice how completely effed up Alaska is on this map? Beezarre.)

    September 11, 2008

  • Yes! Isogloss!

    September 11, 2008

  • See? Another perfectly good use of "isogloss"! :-D

    I imagine (and maybe skipvia can jump in here) that using "coke" as a generic term in the U.S. South probably comes from the fact that the Coca-Cola company is based in Atlanta, GA.

    September 11, 2008

  • Let me rephrase that: I fall (just barely) on the "soda" side of the isogloss. There. Somebody had to say it.

    September 11, 2008

  • I am definitely a "soda" person, though I would be more likely to say "soft drink," I think; "pop" sounds quaint to me. But what I always found interesting was the use of "coke" to mean any non-alcoholic carbonated beverage in the South: "The only cokes they had were Sprite and 7-Up."

    September 11, 2008

  • Love it. Just as I thought--I'm squarely in the soda range.

    September 11, 2008

  • Pop vs. Soda Map

    September 11, 2008

  • a synonym for soda, generally used in the Midwestern US although also as far east as Buffalo, NY

    August 12, 2008

  • the colors always pop on hgtv. they never standout, brighten, illuminate, enrich, add, nor enliven a room.

    May 31, 2008