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A popular person is one who is well respected by his peers and has a strenuous and demanding social life. The word is mostly used in the context of middle or high school.

Popular students in middle or high school are not necessarily popular because they are nice people. As well, popular people aren’t necessarily heartless snobby bitches or assholes – different high schools have different standards of attraction, meaning that the qualities that are looked for in the social elite differ based on the school environment. At some schools and in some groups, truly nice people are liked, and in other schools and groups, popular people simply wish to climb the social ladder by whichever means possible; social behavior is a game of chess rather than an enjoyable experience.

To say that every school has a social elite is a fallacy as well. I have been to two high schools; one of them did not have a school-wide social elite. Instead socialization was immensely group-based, with the majority of socialization taking place in your group. There were people whose names were known by everyone, but for the most part, there was no major gap between popular and unpopular, and it could have been argued everyone was popular in some way, whether good or bad.

Two types of popularity occur in a high school setting. First, there is positive popularity, where people know and revere you. Secondly, there is negative popularity, where everyone knows your name, everyone talks about you, but nobody likes you.
Like in Bruce Almighty, where Bruce asks for the powers of God yet falls apart due to his duties being God, the boy standing on the fringes of society did not ask to be popular, as he knew the social headache he would receive.
by aleclair November 29, 2006
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You're totally not popular.
by raithen February 01, 2010
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A.K.A popularity

One or ones who are in very high status at their respective School, College, Sork, or other "group". Being popular can be based on many different things, sometimes looks or other superfical qualities though rarely can be because they get along with most people in their respective areas. May or may not be snobby, slutty, pretty, mean, or blonde (j/k)...^_^...There are different meanings of popular and anyone can be popular in his/her respective friends/areas
1.)I am popular at such and such High

2.)I am the (beloved) leader within my group of friends/work/other a.k.a i am (popular) with them
P.S. this doesn't work if you are hated..You maybe the head but honey you (excuse the expression) Ain't popular...We secretly hate your guts...
by Death2the_deceased December 31, 2004
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A bunch of snot nosed kids who think they own the world and call themselves "GANGSTAS". They go around acting "propa hard" and they always own ricers. They call anyone that aren't wiggers/chavs like them "freaks". They also drive around the city blaring "gnagsta rap" so loud it could cause ear damage. The car always looks something like this:

Huge ass exhaust pipe that does nothing but make the car loud as fuck.

50 foot high spoiler.

Body kits that are total rip offs and do nothing but make the car look "gangsta" like they would say.

Stickers from companies that they don't own parts from.

Gullwing doors.

Insanely gaudy vinyls.


And the car is usualy a slow econobox such as a Ford Focus.

See jock and wigger.
Popular kid named Eric: YO YO YO SUP MY NIGGAZ

Popular kid named Jon:YO YO SUP ERIC

Eric: YO I WAS PIMPIN LETS GO BEAT SOME FREAKS YO

Me: Shut the fuck up you stupid fuckwit wigger.
by DJ-BILLZ April 14, 2005
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generally means your liked by a lot of people. i know the media and highschool films depict popular folks as being utter bitches or conceited jackasses, but it can sometimes be true. Take my school: A few kids are actually really scary and (possibly) violent. They've got friends or members of their "crew" and others in our year are "friends" with their gang because they're scared of getting beaten up. Even though this huge gang are supposed to be all friends they still tend to bitch about each other (which i can never understand). BUT...some of them can actually be quite nice when you catch them on their own, which brings me to say that this type of "popularity" is really a great big show to try and quell their own lack of self-esteem by being superior and stuck-up-their-own-ass. I could easily have done that, but i never took drama for a reason :)
i might not have been "popular" with everyone in general, but i have close friends, and i'm popular within that group. wow go me
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Someone who is simply nice to everyone, tells them what they want to hear, and has high self-esteem. That's all there is to it. Now when it goes to people's head is when they becomes bitches or jocks.
Kayla: Hi!111111
Sevenothergirls: Hiii i love uuuuu
Guy: so popular!! if only i could bang her now
by the_dark_hater March 25, 2006
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Certain member in school society who believe that they are better than everyone else this usually includes the really hot girls and rich guy that the hot girls go out with.

Opposites: Punks, Goths and nerds
Guy: that girl is so hot, do you think i have a chance with her?
Friend: no she's one of the popular girls she wouldn't look twice at a goth like you
by Fencing Dude July 10, 2006
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