Definition of Popeye™ from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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a popular US cartoon character first created for a comic strip in 1929 by E C Segar. Popeye is a sailor who has a kind nature but loves fighting and becomes especially strong when he eats spinach (= a green vegetable). He has a very thin girlfriend called Olive Oyl and his main rival is the big, bad Bluto. A film version of Popeye with real actors appeared in 1980, directed by Robert Altman, with Robin Williams in the main part.