Definition of pogo in US English:


(also pogo stick)


  • A toy for jumping around on, consisting of a long, spring-loaded pole with a handle at the top and rests for a person's feet near the bottom.

    • ‘My present finances will run to either a pogo stick or a pair of roller skates.’
    • ‘He looked to have an invisible pogo stick lodged between his legs, such was the ease with which he remained airborne.’
    • ‘They crammed 12 of these thrusters into a next-generation pogo stick, and thus was born the Flybar 1200-a device with a simply awesome amount of power.’
    • ‘It had a sprung floor and when mum and dad bought me a pogo stick for Christmas I went straight through it.’
    • ‘Plus, they're fetching prices of $299 a piece, which could easily buy a regular pogo stick plus a decent skateboard to boot.’
    • ‘He bounded up onto the stage and played some impromptu air guitar, jumping up and down like he was on a pogo stick and laughing maniacally.’
    • ‘Max went crazy and was jumping up and down like he was on a pogo stick.’
    • ‘When I was alone in the toy aisle of a department store now long defunct, I took one experimental hop on a pogo stick and landed hard on the back of my head.’
    • ‘I was on the driveway yesterday jumping around on my pogo stick.’
    • ‘The off-stage reserve gave way to unabashed youthful enthusiasm when they were playing, with Laura bouncing around most of the time like a human pogo stick.’
    • ‘The latest craze on my street appears to be the pogo stick.’
    • ‘The lovely Dori, who's just peaches and cream on a pogo stick as far as I'm concerned, gave it to me on my birthday.’
    • ‘Having the queen alien attacking the world with pixie sticks while riding a pogo stick and playing the bagpipes is quite inventive too.’
    • ‘It looks like a cross between a giant pogo stick and an old-fashioned lawnmower - but if the hype is to be believed this bizarre contraption could transform the way we live.’
    • ‘‘Bounce’ is a quirky tune that centers on, get ready for this, a pogo stick.’
    • ‘Well, who wouldn't like to see a fight scene involving a pogo stick?’
    • ‘You could also travel from Boston to Winnipeg via a pogo stick.’
    • ‘I was a little wary of spending $30 on this gadget, which looks like a cross-between a plunger and a pogo stick.’
    • ‘I didn't bounce very well on the pogo stick - the spring was a bit rusty, but I was determined.’
    • ‘Give them a skateboard or a pogo stick, provide them with a helmet and protective padding and stand back.’


[no object]informal
  • Jump up and down as if on a pogo, typically as a form of dancing to certain types of rock music, especially punk.

    ‘everyone was pogoing like crazy to The Sex Pistols’
    ‘old favorites went down well with much thumping of the air and pogoing’
    • ‘It harkens back to the glory days of said genre, when rock albums popped with big, grand melodies and kids pogoed along in their best trainers.’
    • ‘The kids ate it up, pogoing diligently through the new and old material.’
    • ‘I was absolutely shattered after pogoing and singing along and being repeatedly crushed - and they were only third on the bill!’
    • ‘As the band roared on, the grass filled with fresh faced young people pogoing in cheerful, gangly fun as if at a church teen party.’
    • ‘Written with a sense of humor, Punk Rock Aerobics is filled not only with dance moves inspired by pogoing and air guitars, but punk trivia and interviews with favorites from the punk-rock music scene.’
    • ‘Everyone was too busy pogoing around the pit to care.’
    • ‘Some mohawk girls were skipping around flailing their arms while other people pogoed up and down.’
    • ‘At times pogoing up and down, other times slinking around the stage with a half maniacal look on his face, the young performer showed off his prodigious jazz and blues influenced guitar talents and R&B inflected voice.’
    • ‘This show was at St. Andrews Hall, which has the greatest sound system known to man, and it was total pandemonium (the audience moshing, pogoing, screaming every word to the song) from the very first chord.’
    • ‘This music doesn't invite pogoing, but it does draw you in.’
    • ‘Remember that thing called jumping or even pogoing!’
    • ‘You lot wouldn't know Punk Rock if it pogoed up to you and spat in your earhole.’
    • ‘Live, they both played gutsy but goofy sets that had the crowd pogoing.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 people bopped, jigged, jived and pogoed to some excellent bands.’
    • ‘You can't be pogoing and winding up the audience fronting a down tempo outfit.’
    • ‘The crowds were crazy, pogoing and shouting and spitting, but it was a lot of fun on stage.’
    • ‘It's a rare pleasure to see a crowd that isn't moshing or pogoing, but actually dancing.’
    • ‘If you aren't recreating medieval fire processions or pogoing with 100,000 people, it seems you don't have much choice as to how you toast the New Year in public.’
    • ‘Respite is short-lived however, as you find yourself dragged back onto the floor, pogoing like your life depends on it.’
    • ‘I wondered, as I body-popped beside him, what the DJ thought of this middle-aged bloke in a sensible woolly jumper and pressed trousers, pogoing like a demented rhino.’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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1920s: of unknown origin.