1 of 2


variants or faceplant
plural face-plants or faceplants
: a sudden face-first fall
tripped and did a face-plant


2 of 2


variants or less commonly faceplant
face-planted also faceplanted; face-planting also faceplanting; face-plants also faceplants
: to fall suddenly and face-first : to do a face-plant
tripped and face-planted on the stage

Examples of face-plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
But regardless of this weekend’s silver medal, there’s no denying the rough ride ahead for the Ghostbusters franchise, and that’s bad news for Sony after the face-plant of Madame Web last month. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 But Google's recent layoffs hit that trust and safety team at a time when those particular workers are under pressure to help correct the public face-plant of the Gemini image generator rollout. Michael Calore Lauren Goode, WIRED, 7 Mar. 2024 Facebook did a face-plant Tuesday morning, as hundreds of thousands of users reported problems on Meta’s flagship social media platform, as well as Instagram, Threads, and the Messenger app. Chris Morris, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2024 The problem is that, whereas in a wheeled robot a failure usually means the robot stops on its tracks, in a humanoid robot failure often means a face-plant. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Mar. 2010 Just this week, there have been two high-profile face-plants by company leaders who ostensibly wanted to inspire their staffs and wound up doing…the opposite of that. Allison Morrow, CNN, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1981, in the meaning defined above


1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face-plant was in 1981

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“Face-plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-plant. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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