1. (orig. US Und.) foolish, slow-witted, lightweight, second-rate.
|Elder Conklin & Other Stories (1895) 173: What he said was popcorn; but it took with the Mugwumps.‘Gulmore, the Boss’ in|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 58: He is tight-ribbed and popcorn.|
|News & Courier (Charleston, SC) 14 Apr. 18/1: Chasing after these popcorn bookies hass handed me this jump around junk.|
|(con. WWI) Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 208: I told him it was a popcorn barrage compared to some I had been under.|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 106: Jealous? Of him? That bum? That popcorn thief?|
|Central Sl. 41: popcorn [...] ‘get that popcorn mother fucker out of the house’.|
2. (US) respectable, law-abiding.
|Naked Lunch (1968) 159: Just look square, you dig, like a nice popcorn John.|