pom-pom

pompom

1 [pom-pom]
noun
an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
Also, pom-pom.


Origin:
1895–1900; imitative

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pompom

2 [pom-pom]
noun
1.
Also, pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.
2.
pompon ( def 3 ).
Also, pom-pom.


Origin:
1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n

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pompom or pompon (ˈpɒmpɒm)
 
n
1.  a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
2.  a.  the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
 b.  (as modifier): pompom dahlia
 
[C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin]
 
pompon or pompon
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin]

pom-pom (ˈpɒmpɒm)
 
n
Also called: pompom an automatic rapid-firing, small-calibre cannon, esp a type of anti-aircraft cannon used in World War II
 
[C19: of imitative origin]

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pom-pom
"Maxim automatic gun," 1899, of imitative origin, soldiers' slang from the Boer War. The unrelated word meaning "ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.) is first attested 1748, from Fr. pompon (1725), of unknown origin.
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