Definition of popper in English:

popper

noun

  • 1British informal A press stud.

    • ‘They have poppers or Velcro so you don't have to worry about pins, and they have removable paper liners that mean you can quickly and discreetly get rid of unpleasant lumps.’
    • ‘It easy to get in and out of, with no zips, poppers or buttons to fiddle with in emergency robing or disrobing situations.’
    • ‘Fans want to see old-style, string-backed, leather-palmed driving gloves that fasten at the wrist with a silver popper.’
    • ‘The hood is a good fit and simple to remove with just two clips and six poppers.’
    • ‘I have never had to learn to use a ‘terry’ square as most now come shaped with Velcro or poppers, so why don't we all use them?’
    • ‘Velco straps on the hips help adjust the waist line and some poppers fastens the short on.’
    • ‘Modern cloth nappies fasten with poppers or Velcro, need only a 60 degree wash in the machine and are very easy to use as any solid matter is flushed away.’
    • ‘The handbag is black, with a long shoulder strap and clasps at the front with poppers.’
    • ‘The cut-away collars that accommodate fat Windsor knots are giving way to fuller cuts that pinch in neatly under the tie with the use of tabs or poppers.’
    • ‘The boys' sleeves were attached by poppers that made for lots of arms coming loose before time and the girls' skirts were buttoned on, equaling lots of frantic undoing whilst dancing to get the bloody things off.’
    • ‘The tent doesn't have doors; it has flaps, fastened with poppers.’
    • ‘The blouse I wore was crisp and white, cuffed, predictably, below my elbows, and unbuttoned only down to the second popper.’
  • 2usually poppersinformal A small vial of amyl nitrite used for inhalation, which makes a popping sound when opened.

    • ‘‘I stole a jar of ether from the chemistry labs and poured it into test tubes to sell as poppers.’’
    • ‘This stuff stinks like a goat's armpit drenched in your granny's cologne, and the most you feel is your heart pounding like you had partaken of some honking poppers, accompanied by a pounding headache.’
    • ‘Although I loved it instantly at the time, it soon felt like one piece of tacky, rainbow-flagged campery too many, its initial appeal wearing off like stale poppers.’
    • ‘They keep their pot in a pepper grinder and their poppers in a bullet pendant.’
    • ‘And then he asked if I had ever tried poppers and I told him my friends had, but I preferred a drink.’
    • ‘Rick and John led them to a parking lot underground where they lit fires, played with poppers, and other fire-related stuff.’
    • ‘The sweat of our bodies mingled with spilt Red Stripe and stale poppers, as I realised I was in the greatest place ever in the history of mankind.’
    • ‘On the dance floor, a girl offered me a sniff of her poppers (if you don't know, I'm not going to tell you, then you can make up really terrible images for yourself).’
    • ‘Sources in Belfast however claim the problems there are much more widespread, with many officers alleged to be snorting poppers, banging E's and sniffing Chinese industrial strength glue.’
    • ‘My drug is not recreational - not taken to heighten the pleasure of the dance, not a popper to extend the sexual experience.’
    • ‘Break out the poppers, put on your wristbands and satin hotpants, and prepare to dance!’
    • ‘They visited him, knowing they could have alcohol, cigarettes and drugs such as cannabis and poppers, things forbidden at home.’
    • ‘If I manage to do the poppers up in one go I know I'm going to have a good show (that's a little superstition I have)’
    • ‘Drugs were ubiquitous - coke, pot, poppers, and, when all else failed, alcohol.’
    • ‘Whilst he is hardly conscious off stage, Tom, not averse to the odd popper or pill thrill, tries to grab Sarah and, I do not kid you, dies in the attempt.’
    • ‘And they're also mixing in drugs, like ecstasy and GHB and, perhaps most dangerously, crystal meth and poppers.’
    • ‘I have absolutely no idea why, whenever this comes on, I grab someone's poppers, make for the nearest podium, and start, er, well, spinning around like a record.’
    • ‘Charlton told police her lover had liked to dress up in stockings, G-strings, PVC costumes, and have sex while sniffing poppers (amyl nitrate) and watching hardcore porn films.’
    • ‘At some point, every gay cliché makes an appearance onscreen, from drag queens, to backrooms, to orgies, to poppers, to flamboyance, and beyond.’
    • ‘I don't think there's even the slightest chance that King wasn't on LSD and poppers when he wrote this.’
  • 3(in fishing) an artificial lure which makes a popping sound when moved over the surface of the water.

    • ‘Then it's not a bad idea to put on a surface popper and troll that through the surface film.’
    • ‘For 60% of my pike fly fishing I use a nine weight rods, but when fishing big flies and poppers and having to contend with a strong wind I will switch to a ten weight rod.’
    • ‘I also have a floating line which I use a lot during the summer months; it's an ideal line for fishing poppers.’
    • ‘Caught by rush of tide pouring through the channel, line and popper were swept along, with me frantically untangling the mess of fly-line.’
    • ‘Little surface poppers, small deep divers, every colour, shape and action that can be produced he will have with him.’
    • ‘If targeting these fish, why not make a berley trail - drift some unweighted dead bait down it, or troll a pattern of small skirted or popper lures?’
    • ‘He caught several fish, learnt a lot about the fish, the flies and when to use surface fished popper, floating flies or sunk flies.’
    • ‘A lot depends on the depth of water you're fishing over: sometimes you'll need a deep diver whereas on other occasions even a surface popper will be called for.’
    • ‘The bluefin does not give one the feeling of overwhelming, and utter helplessness that the big giant trevally impose, but these fish were still reducing my stock of poppers and cast material with some ease.’
    • ‘I also took the little boat into the mangroves where we tried fly gear and surface poppers, and were probably the first anglers to ever cast there.’
    • ‘We had gone ready for action with rods which used thick walled blanks and would throw the four ounce surface poppers with ease.’
    • ‘They can be taken on a variety of plugs, softbaits and with the long wand on a fly, after teasing with a surface popper or the like; but the key to the rooster's soul is livebait.’
    • ‘When necessary, exert greater control over big flies and poppers.’
    • ‘I think a selection of poppers, bug flies or fast-stripped streamers would give awesome sport on the jacks, as well as produce good all round sport for cassava, barracuda and ninebones.’
    • ‘Shouting to Robert, I said, ‘When the boat settles, shoot your popper then make some quick strips’.’
    • ‘This outfit is for those days when the wind is doing its best to be a hooligan or I am chucking very big flies or poppers, or sometimes a combination of both.’
  • 4North American A utensil for popping corn.

    • ‘While there are some hazards - like smoking the place out, you can use 1970's air popcorn poppers, woks, or actual home roasters.’
    • ‘Some severely infected seeds look scorched, as if someone mistook them for popcorn and threw them in a popper.’
    • ‘Forget selling them a projector for $75,000… you probably can't sell a new popcorn popper for $5000 either.’
    • ‘All of a sudden she could be heard just about rolling on the floor with laughter as she was getting the stove top popcorn popper out of the cupboard when on a bulletin board this newspaper clipping caught her attention.’
    • ‘Of course, popcorn made at home using hot-air poppers contains no fat unless you add it on top.’
    • ‘Easily persuaded, I went in to make some delicious air-popped popcorn in our vintage 1980s air popper.’
    • ‘It is essentially a modified hot-air popcorn popper, with an added nifty chamber which collects the chaff from the coffee beans as they roast.’
    • ‘You can use an air popper, an electric popper, or one of those fancy self-stirring doohickeys, but all you really need to make good popcorn is a large, lidded skillet, pan or wok.’
    • ‘As she walked into the kitchen he was just in the process of heaping handfuls of the kernels into the corn popper that was already heated up.’
    • ‘He had stocked up on several bags of chips, a few chocolate-covered candy bars, and two bags of instant popcorn, not caring that he didn't have a popper.’
    • ‘And this little popper can't do anything but blow a few gusts of air around.’
    • ‘Last night our popcorn popper blew up right in front of me in a explosion of blue flashes, sparks and a noise like grinding gears.’

Pronunciation

popper

/ˈpɒpə/