pop ( pops plural & 3rd person present) ( popping present participle) ( popped past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Pop is modern music that usually has a strong rhythm and uses electronic equipment.
oft N n
...the perfect combination of Caribbean rhythms, European pop, and American soul..., ...a life-size poster of a pop star..., I know nothing about pop music.
2 n-uncount You can refer to fizzy drinks such as lemonade as pop.
INFORMAL He still visits the village shop for buns and fizzy pop., ...glass pop bottles.
in AM, usually use soda pop
3 n-count; sound Pop is used to represent a short sharp sound, for example the sound made by bursting a balloon or by pulling a cork out of a bottle.
His back tyre just went pop on a motorway.
4 verb If something pops, it makes a short sharp sound.
He untwisted the wire off the champagne bottle, and the cork popped and shot to the ceiling. V
5 verb If your eyes pop, you look very surprised or excited when you see something.
INFORMAL My eyes popped at the sight of the rich variety of food on show. V
6 verb If you pop something somewhere, you put it there quickly.
INFORMAL He plucked a purple grape from the bunch and popped it in his mouth. V n prep/adv
7 verb If you pop somewhere, you go there for a short time.
INFORMAL Wendy popped in for a quick bite to eat on Monday night. V adv/prep
8 n-family Some people call their father pop.
INFORMAL I looked at Pop and he had big tears in his eyes...
in BRIT, usually use dad
to pop the question →
question pop up phrasal verb If someone or something pops up, they appear in a place or situation unexpectedly. INFORMAL
(=appear) She was startled when Lisa popped up at the door all smiles... V P →
POP ( POPs plural ) A POP is equipment that gives access to the Internet. POP is an abbreviation for `point of presence'. (COMPUTING) n-count
pop. pop. is an abbreviation for population. It is used before a number when indicating the total population of a city or country.
Somalia, pop. 7.9 million, income per head about £1.60 a week.
Pop art is a style of modern art which began in the 1960s. It uses bright colours and takes a lot of its techniques and subject matter from everyday, modern life. n-uncount
1 adj A pop-up book, usually a children's book, has pictures that stand up when you open the pages.
2 adj A pop-up toaster has a mechanism that pushes slices of bread up when they are toasted.
soda pop ( soda pops plural ) Soda pop is a sweet fizzy drink.
A soda pop is a bottle or a glass of soda pop., n-count
vox pop ( vox pops plural ) In a radio or television programme, a vox pop is an item consisting of a series of short interviews with ordinary members of the public.
(mainly BRIT, JOURNALISM) n-var