this word is often misused and has negative connotations. in reality, popular (when referring to a person) is when someone is very well liked and has a lot of genuine friends, most likely because they are a nice/friendly person. However, through the media and highschools around america, "popular" has grown to describe a certain group of people. these people, like punks, nerds, etc. have their own social code, which usually (but not always) includes expensive items/services, sports teams, and cheerleading. These people are not necessarily popular, yes some of them genuinly are well liked and have lots of friends becuase they too (gasp) are nice people. but some of them unfortunately are under the false impression that they are better than everyone else because of their possesions and friends/boyfriends/girlfriends, (who to these people also count as possesions).
girl 1: wow, have you ever noticed how many friends karen has? She's really popular
girl 2: i know, i hang out with her at the skatepark, she's really nice. She does a lot of activities, she must a lot of friends through them.

guy 1: how'd u get all that work done?
guy 2: oh, Robby helped me last night
guy 3: oh yeah he's really smart
guy 4 (just joined convo): who, robby? he's awesome, good tennnis player too, helped me with my serve.
guy 5: that dude's friggin' hilarious
by thatswicked April 20, 2006

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Someone who is well known.
Midna is the most popular girl/imp I know. Her IMDB page went up over 160% this week!
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Popular means to have many friends and be well known for all the wrong reasons.
A Few Examples are,
Girls that have big boobs and a nice body are popular for being a slut. Then theres boys that are really cute and have sex with everygirl in school. yea really popular
by Allieatombomb August 29, 2006

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These people are usually well accepted by society but don't realize society is a man made way of getting along with each other that has been taken waaay too far. Most of these people thrive because of society and not themselves but people have a tendency to give in to keep society going for their own comfort.
People would rather be around a person who makes them comfortable and numb(popular) than one who is realistic and truly aware of the big picture.
by mrsm83 December 09, 2010

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A bunch of highschoolers/middleschoolers who have a lot of friends but can be mean to unpopular kids. They can also be mean to others because they are jealous or feel inferior to that particular person cus he/she has more/better qualities. However some popular people can be nice, at least, that's what I've been reading her... To tell the truth this is not true in my school XD
Example 1:

unpopular kid no.1: " you know, (popular kid) asked if I liked the clothes I wear..."

Unpopular kid no.2: "What?! She probably thought that your clothes are not in style!"

Example 2:

popular girl: "Oh wow, I used to wear that dress when I was 7!"

unpopular girl: "oh... ???"

(few minutes later) "Hey,wait a minute, she just made fun of my dress!!!"
by WierdAssGirl101 September 05, 2010

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Basically an illusion. People say they're popular just to get attention and make themselves seem better than they actually are. These "popular" people will throw parties and wear expensive clothing to look "cool" Stupid people who also want attention and to seem better will start worshiping them.
Girl 1: OMG she's so popular. I want to be just like her!
Girl 2: You know, most people don't actually like her. She only THINKS she's so cool. Take a look around for once.
Girl 1: but...but...but...
by Agirlnamedsomeone July 29, 2010

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When one individual is liked by most/all of their peers and no one can say anything negative about them. Popular is not rich, mean people who think they're better than anybody else (at least according to me). Whoever thinks this is really shallow and needs to get to know people first before making stereotypes.
Billy-Jean: Amy is so nice to everybody!
Billy-Bob: Yeah, she's popular.
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When you are either very nice, very funny or both, you make lots of friends. Having lots of friends means you are popular. You can tell who is popular because they are well known characters in the school, due to having so many friends.
"Jenny lent me her biology book, isn't that nice?"
"Yeah, and she's so funny too!"
"No wonder she's so popular."
by shesjustarascal September 10, 2005

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