The word "pop" is usually a verb that describes a sound or the action of suddenly deflating something. Sometimes the word "pop" describes a quick movement. It can also be used as a noun.

  • A balloon will pop if you poke it with something sharp.

needleA needle can pop a balloon.


  • A cork pops out of a bottle. (present tense)
  • The cork popped out of a bottle of champaign. (past tense)

pop / popped / popped


  • Eyes pop out of a person head if there’s something exciting to see.

eyes pop

  • You can pop corn to make popcorn.


  • If you are thirsty, you can pop open a can of pop.*


  • Some people call their father "Pop." (That’s short for "poppa.")

father and son

  • A pop singer or pop musician is a person who is very popular and usually appeals to young people. Do you like pop music? (The word "pop" is short for "popular.")

pop singer

* In some parts of the United States, the word "pop" is used for a carbonated beverage such as Coca-cola, Pepsi, or 7-up. In other parts of the United States, the word "soda" is used. I live in the upper midwest. Most people here use the word "pop" when drinking a coke.


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This page was first published on January 2, 2013. It was updated on January 15, 2017.