Did you know?

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

pop - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

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.

Close

Thesaurus

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.

more
verb pop pronunciation in American English /pɑp/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theypop
he/she/itpops
present participlepopping
past tensepopped
past participlepopped
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if you pop corn, or if it pops, you heat dried grains of corn until they burst
  4. 6
    [transitive] informal to hit someone
    She popped him right between the eyes.
    Synonyms and related words
  5. 7
    [intransitive] informal if your eyes pop, they open very wide in surprise or excitement
  6. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to shoot a gun
    He popped off a couple of shots to scare away the bear.
    Synonyms and related words

phrase

phrasal verbs

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

dolt

a stupid person

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

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