Main definitions of popple in US English:

: popple1popple2

popple1

verb

[no object]archaic
  • (of water) flow in a tumbling or rippling way.

    ‘we could hear the sound of the water poppling, splashing, trickling’
    form ripples, form ripples on, flow in wavelets, undulate, lap, purl, babble
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noun

archaic
  • A rolling or rippling of water.

    ‘the short, confused popple that exists outside the entrance to the marina’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch popelen ‘to murmur’, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

popple

/ˈpäpəl/

Main definitions of popple in US English:

: popple1popple2

popple2

noun

dialect
  • A poplar tree.

    • ‘‘The most important lesson I learned growing up was the value of hard work and perseverance,’ says Jeremy, who remembers peeling popple by hand when he was 8 and earning 10 cents for each white pine tree he pruned when he was ten.’

Origin

Late Middle English: apparently from Latin populus ‘poplar’.

Pronunciation

popple

/ˈpäpəl/