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[pop-kawrn] /ˈpɒpˌkɔrn/
any of several varieties of corn whose kernels burst open and puff out when subjected to dry heat.
popped corn.
peanut (def 4c).
Origin of popcorn
1810-20, Americanism; short for popped corn. See pop1, -ed2, corn1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for popcorn
  • Most companies contract with farmers to grow what they need and this also applies to popcorn.
  • Few see any culinary action more sophisticated than reheating leftovers or popping popcorn.
  • Some want to engage, some to pitch a fit, and some to eat popcorn and watch.
  • Meanwhile, every country may list dozens of sensitive areas where tariffs can still apply, from ports to cars to popcorn.
  • He likened the crisis to popcorn rather than dominoes.
  • He also sold popcorn and peanuts at local football games.
  • The falling foam was usually popcorn sized, too small to cause more than superficial dents in the thermal protection tiles.
  • Sometimes they spread a sheet over the couch and ate a big bowl of popcorn.
  • Look at a swatch of it and you will want to throw your hair into a side ponytail and make a bowl of microwave popcorn.
  • Scientists have doubled the payload of today's popcorn-at the expense of taste.
British Dictionary definitions for popcorn


a variety of maize having hard pointed kernels that puff up when heated
the puffed edible kernels of this plant
Word Origin
C19: so called because of the noise the grains make when they swell up and burst on heating
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Word Origin and History for popcorn

1819, from pop (v.) + corn (n.1).

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


  1. Something trivial and insubstantial: Gimbel called the charges ''popcorn''
  2. Something easily done; breeze, piece of cake: As for Streep, she does what she is asked to do. But the role is popcorn (1973+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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popcorn in Technology

AI system built on POP-2. "The POPCORN Reference Manual", S. Hardy, Essex U, Colchester, 1973.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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