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pompom1

or pom-pom

[pom-pom] /ˈpɒmˌpɒm/
noun
1.
an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
Origin of pompom1
1895-1900
1895-1900; imitative

pompom2

or pom-pom

[pom-pom] /ˈpɒmˌpɒm/
noun
1.
Also, pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.
2.
pompon (def 3).
Origin
1740-50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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  • Already the pom-pom is trotting out of the farmhouse enclosure and the squadron of Dragoons extending on the plain beyond.

    On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
  • For pom-pom fever, Mauseritis, The toothache or the loafertitis.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • A pom-pom and twenty prisoners, including the commander of the police, were the trophies of the day.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Nineteen prisoners and a pom-pom were captured from the foe.

  • A new and unpleasant experience in the shape of a pom-pom has come upon the scene.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • Of one thing, however, our men were afraid—the dreaded 'pom-pom' of the Boers.

  • pom-pom stumped on to the parade in a way that shook the earth, looked at us very keenly, and muttered, Good stuff!

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • The majority of the burghers had already crossed and fled, whilst the remainder hurried back with a pom-pom and the other carts.

  • “I have seen you look far less worried under a plunging fire from a pom-pom,” he said cheerily.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for pom-pom

pom-pom

/ˈpɒmpɒm/
noun
1.
an automatic rapid-firing, small-calibre cannon, esp a type of anti-aircraft cannon used in World War II Also called pompom
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin

pompom

/ˈpɒmpɒm/
noun
1.
a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
2.
  1. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
  2. (as modifier): pompom dahlia
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pom-pom
n.

"Maxim automatic gun," 1899, of imitative origin, soldiers' slang from the Boer War. For the ornamental tuft, see pompom.

pompom

n.

"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pom-pom

pom-pom

noun

The sex act; screwing

[WWII Army; perhaps fr the echoic name pom-pom of various rapid-fire automatic guns, found by 1889]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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