Meaning of POPCORN in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: contraction of popped corn, from popped (past participle of pop ) (I) + corn


a. : a variety ( Zea mays everta ) of Indian corn having small ears and small pointed or rounded kernels with very hard corneous endosperm that on exposure to dry heat are popped or everted by the explosion of the contained moisture and form a white starchy mass many times the size of the original kernel

b. : the corn when popped

2. : a light yellow that is greener and slightly lighter than average maize and duller than chrome lemon

3. also popcorn stitch : a crochet stitch forming raised balls resembling popcorn

II. adjective

Etymology: popcorn , noun

: having widespread appeal but usually little artistic merit or intellectual stimulation

popcorn movies

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.