Etymology: Middle English poppen, of imitative origin
Date: 15th century
1. to strike or knock sharply ; hit
2. to push, put, or thrust suddenly and often deftly <pops a grape into her mouth> <popped in a CD> 3. to cause to explode or burst open <popped some popcorn> <pop the trunk> 4. to fire at ; shoot 5. to take (pills) especially frequently or habitually 6. to open with a pop <pop a cold beer> intransitive verb 1. a. to go, come, or appear suddenly — often used with up <images popping up on the screen> <pop in for a visit> b. to escape or break away from something (as a point of attachment) usually suddenly or unexpectedly 2. to make or burst with a sharp sound <a balloon popped> 3. to protrude from the sockets <eyes popping with amazement> 4. to shoot with a firearm 5. to hit a pop fly — often used with up or out II. noun Date: 1591 1. a sharp explosive sound 2. a shot from a gun 3. soda pop 4. pop fly 5. power to hit a baseball hard <a hitter with some pop in his bat> 6. a drink or shot of alcohol III. adverb Date: 1621 like or with a pop ; suddenly — often used interjectionally IV. noun Etymology: short for poppa Date: 1838 father V. adjective Etymology: by shortening Date: 1880 1. popular <pop music>: as a. of or relating to popular music <pop singer> b. of or relating to the popular culture disseminated through the mass media <pop psychology> <pop grammarians> <pop society> 2. a. of or relating to pop art <pop painter> b. having, using, or imitating themes or techniques characteristic of pop art <pop movie> VI. noun Date: 1935 1. popular music 2. pop art 3. pop culture VII. abbreviation population
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.