intransitive verb[no object]archaic
(of water) flow in a tumbling or rippling way.
form ripples, form ripples on, flow in wavelets, undulate, popple, lap, purl, babble
- ‘we could hear the sound of the water poppling, splashing, trickling’
nounarchaic in singular
A rolling or rippling of water.
- ‘the short, confused popple that exists outside the entrance to the marina’
Late Middle English probably from Middle Dutch popelen ‘to murmur’, of imitative origin.
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.’
Late Middle English apparently from Latin populus ‘poplar’.
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