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noun Pop
  1. A small, sharp, quick explosive sound or report; as, to go off with a pop .
  2. A nonalcoholic carbonated beverage; -- so called because it expels the cork with a pop from the bottle containing it; as, ginger pop; lemon pop, etc.
    synonyms: soda, soda pop, minerals.
  3. [Zoöl] The European redwing.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: Of imitative origin. Cf. Poop

verb Pop
  1. To make a pop, or sharp, quick sound; as, the muskets popped away on all sides.
  2. 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."He that killed my king . . . Popp'd in between the election and my hopes." [Shak.]"A trick of popping up and down every moment." [Swift.]
  3. To burst open with a pop, when heated over a fire; as, this corn pops well.
verb Pop
  1. To thrust or push suddenly; to offer suddenly; to bring suddenly and unexpectedly to notice; as, to pop one's head in at the door."He popped a paper into his hand." [Milton.]
  2. To cause to pop; to cause to burst open by heat, as grains of Indian corn; as, to pop corn or chestnuts.
  3. To eat or swallow; -- of food, especially snacks, in small pieces; as, he popped a whole can of peanuts while watching the movie.
adverb Pop
Like a pop; suddenly; unexpectedly.
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  1. 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
  2. A sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork
  3. A sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
  4. An informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
  5. Burst open with a sharp, explosive sound ("The balloon popped" and "This popcorn pops quickly in the microwave oven")
  6. Cause to burst with a loud, explosive sound ("The child popped the balloon")
  7. Fire a weapon with a loud explosive noise ("The soldiers were popping")
  8. Take drugs, especially orally ("The man charged with murder popped a valium to calm his nerves")
  9. Drink down entirely ("They popped a few beer after work")
  10. Hit or strike ("He popped me on the head")
  11. Hit a pop-fly ("He popped out to shortstop")
  12. Release suddenly ("pop the clutch")
  13. Put or thrust suddenly and forcefully ("pop the pizza into the microwave oven" and "He popped the petit-four into his mouth")
  14. Bulge outward ("His eyes popped")
  15. Appear suddenly or unexpectedly ("The farm popped into view as we turned the corner" and "He suddenly popped up out of nowhere")
  16. Make a sharp explosive noise ("The cork of the champagne bottle popped")
  17. Cause to make a sharp explosive sound ("He popped the champagne bottle")
  18. (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
  19. Like a pop or with a pop ("everything went pop")

Origin uncertain. The OED suggests either from (lolli)pop ("because the meetings were held in the rooms of Mrs Hatton, who kept the lollipop shop"), or from Latin popīna (“cookshop”). The second sense derives from the first.

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

Shortened from popular (concert).

  1. (also in plural) A popular classical music concert.

    Pop was also found in the following language(s): German

    Notable Persons Named Pop

    Pop Robson is a soccer player for the Newcastle United F.C., West Ham United F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Carlisle United F.C., Chelsea F.C., and Gateshead F.C. Pop was born on November 11th, 1945 in Sunderland, County Durham, England.


    Pop was born in 16 in India. Pop is also known as Shalini and Shalini Singh.


    Pop Levi is a rock music, pop music, avant-garde, hip hop music, rhythm, blues, and industrial music musician, record producer, and filmmaking. He plays Fender Stratocaster. Pop was given the name Jonathan James Mark Levi on September 22nd, 1977 in Surrey. Pop is also known as Jr. Hi and Mozambique Courier.


    Pop Stoneman was a country music country artist and country music. He plays Guitar, autoharp, and harmonica. He was most active from 1920 to 1960. Pop was given the name Ernest Van Stoneman on May 25th, 1893. Pop is also known as Pop. He left this life on June 14th, 1968.


    Pop Winans was a christian music and gospel music musician. He plays Human voice. He was most active from 1980 to 2008. Pop was given the name David Glenn on April 20th, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Pop is also known as David Winans. He breathed his last breath on April 8th, 2009.


    Pop Ivy was a football player. Pop was born on January 25th, 1916 in Skiatook, Oklahoma. He died on May 17th, 2003.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Pop

    Iggy Pop is a rock music, proto-punk, and punk rock musician. He has been prominent since 1960. Iggy was given the name James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on April 21st, 1947 in Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.


    Jimmy Pop is an alternative hip hop, comedy rock, punk rock, rap rock, electronica, and synthpop musician, rapping, songwriter, lyricist, composer, singing, guitarist, and pianist. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1991 to 1991. Jimmy was given the name James Moyer Franks on August 27th, 1972 in Trappe, Pennsylvania. Jimmy is also known as Jimmy Pop Ali.


    Denniz PoP was a pop music, eurodance, and teen pop musician. Denniz was given the name Dag Krister Volle on April 26th, 1963. Denniz is also known as Denniz PoP and Dagge. He died on August 30th, 1998.


    Simona was born on December 25th, 1988 in Satu Mare. Simona is also known as Deac and Simona.


    Lizi Pop is a pop music, dance-pop, and electro (music) singing, dance, and model (people). She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2011. Lizi was given the name Liza Japaridze on September 19th, 2003 in Georgia (country). Lizi is also known as Lizi Pop, Japaridze, and Liza.



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    Ethnicity Pop U.S.
      White 84.74% 64.26%
      African American 1.79% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.47% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 11.73% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Pop

    • How Popular is the name Pop? As a last name Pop was the 17,921st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Pop first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pop is Sunday, March 21st, 1886.
    • How unique is the name Pop? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pop. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Pop: Your name in reverse order is Pop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Opp. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Pop? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,560 people with the last name Pop.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pop? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pop as their last name since less than 1 person in 189k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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