Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb pop pronunciation in American English /pɑp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepopping
past tensepopped
past participlepopped
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something such as a balloon pops, or if you pop it, it bursts and makes a sudden loud noise
    1. a.
      if a cork pops, or if you pop it, it makes a sudden noise like a small explosion when it comes out of a bottle

      He popped the cork and poured two glasses of wine.

      Champagne corks were popping.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to go somewhere quickly or for a short time
    pop in/into/over/out/down:

    I’m just popping down to the store to get some milk.

    He kept popping in and out, asking all kinds of questions.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something quickly to a particular position
      pop something in/into/on/over something:

      She picked a berry and popped it into her mouth.

  3. 6
    [transitive] informal to hit someone

    She popped him right between the eyes.

    Synonyms and related words
  4. 7
    [intransitive] informal if your eyes pop, they open very wide in surprise or excitement
  5. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to shoot a gun

    He popped off a couple of shots to scare away the bear.

phrasal verbs


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog