\ ˈfläp How to pronounce flop (audio) \
flopped; flopping

Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to swing or move loosely : flap
2 : to throw or move oneself in a heavy, clumsy, or relaxed manner flopped into the chair
3 : to change or turn suddenly
4 : to go to bed a place to flop at night
5 : to fail completely the play flopped

transitive verb

: to move or drop heavily or noisily : cause to flop flopped the bundles down



Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 4)

: right, squarely fell flop on my face

Definition of flop (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or sound of flopping
2 : a complete failure the movie was a flop
3 slang : a place to sleep especially : flophouse
4 : dung cow flop also : a piece of dung
plural flops

Definition of flop (Entry 4 of 4)

: a unit of measure for calculating the speed of a computer equal to one floating-point operation per second Supplied by IBM, with a billion flops (floating point operations per second) and a capacity to expand to 60 billion flops with the addition of other processors and memory, it will be among the 10 most sophisticated computers in the world.— Eleanor Wilson usually used in combinationgigaflopA GPU [=graphics processing unit] can deliver hundreds of billions of operations per second—some GPUs more than a teraflop, or a trillion operations per second—while requiring only slightly more electrical power and cooling than a CPU.— Andrea Di Blas et al.

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Other Words from flop


flopper noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flop

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of flop in a Sentence

Verb He flopped down onto the bed. She flopped into the chair with a sigh. All of their attempts have flopped miserably. The curtains were flopping around in the breeze. Noun (1) The movie was a total flop. It fell to the ground with a flop.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weirdly enough, there’s a good chance those teams flop seeding in the coming weeks. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Putting Detroit Lions aside, playoff races will be quite entertaining," 25 Nov. 2020 But some observers fear such mandates could flop if they aren’t coupled with clear persuasive messaging and overt support from governors. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "With inauguration 10 weeks away, Biden’s pandemic plans face agonizing wait," 9 Nov. 2020 Drill holes in the sides of the pumpkin using a bit that is the same diameter or slightly smaller than the legs so that they can be pushed in and won’t flop. oregonlive, "Make these spooky Halloween spiders without spending a fortune: The Pecks," 20 Oct. 2020 The mesh keeps you cool, the arms don't flop about, and the lumbar support automatically adjusts to your position. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The 28 Best Prime Day Deals if You Work From Home," 14 Oct. 2020 A few minutes later, Lamb put a Falcons defensive back in a blender with a beautiful release that got the defender so off balance, his only chance was to flop and hope for a flag. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Why Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb has been even better than expected as a rookie," 13 Oct. 2020 Blockbusters can flop, and indie titles, some even made by a single developer, can sell millions. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?," 7 Oct. 2020 This time, a fumble late in the second quarter helped flip-flop the afternoon, the Chargers blowing a 17-point lead early and a three-point lead later in losing at Tampa Bay, 38-31. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert and Chargers start quick before turning over game in loss," 4 Oct. 2020 Won't flop over due to the wooden dowels sewn behind each pocket. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best school pocket chart," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This Picturephone, rolled out commercially in the 1970s, was a colossal flop. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 The new growth of paperwhites can become very leggy and flop over when grown in temperatures greater than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Paperwhites are great winter flowers, but picking the right bulbs is vital to their success," 20 Dec. 2020 Kitchens was fired by the Browns after his lone 6-10 flop in January in The Season of Great Expectations. cleveland, "Giants’ Colt McCoy on his time with the Browns: ‘I wish we could have won more games’," 19 Dec. 2020 Other endearing but unsettling figures populate Mr. Nara’s drawings, paintings and sculptures as well, including crowds of sleepwalkers, flop-eared dogs on stilts and childlike heads submerged in puddles. Susan Delson, WSJ, "The Unsettling Confrontations of Artist Yoshitomo Nara," 18 Dec. 2020 Tide center Landon Dickerson, who didn’t shy away from pointing at the guilty party when LSU twice jumped offside, even tried his hand at a post-whistle flop after engaging with a Tiger lineman. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama revenge win got ‘chippy,’ ended with online jabs," 6 Dec. 2020 The Titans throttled the Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs last season behind Derrick Henry, and the Ravens have to answer after a Sunday Night Football flop against the Patriots. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens picks, predictions: Who wins Week 11 NFL game?," 17 Nov. 2020 The New Orleans Saints came into Week 14 atop the NFC standings, but after their flop in Philadelphia, the Saints dropped down to the No. 2 seed. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Can Saints still get No. 1 seed after loss to Eagles? Yes, but it could get complicated," 14 Dec. 2020 In that career flip-flop the football coach became both Dennis Erickson’s predecessor and successor. oregonlive, "Canzano: Gobbling up the ghost of Oregon State’s Gary Andersen-era," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of flop


1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1728, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flop


alteration of flap entry 2

Noun (2)

floating-point operation

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4 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flop

: to fall, lie, or sit down in a sudden, awkward, or relaxed way
informal : to fail completely
: to swing or move in a loose, awkward, or uncontrolled way


\ ˈfläp How to pronounce flop (audio) \
flopped; flopping

Kids Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flap about A fish flopped all over the deck.
2 : to drop or fall limply He flopped into the chair.
3 : fail entry 1 sense 1 The movie flopped.



Kids Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or sound of flapping about or falling limply My backpack hit the ground with a flop.
2 : failure sense 1 The show was a flop.

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