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flop

verb \ ˈfläp \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of flop

flopped; flopping
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

flopper

noun

Examples of flop in a Sentence

  1. He flopped down onto the bed.

  2. She flopped into the chair with a sigh.

  3. All of their attempts have flopped miserably.

  4. The curtains were flopping around in the breeze.

Recent Examples of flop from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flop

alteration of 2flap

flop Synonyms


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flop

adverb

Definition of flop

: right, squarely
  • fell flop on my face

First Known Use of flop

1728


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flop

noun

Definition of flop

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

Examples of flop in a Sentence

  1. The movie was a total flop.

  2. It fell to the ground with a flop.

Recent Examples of flop from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of flop

1823


FLOP Defined for English Language Learners

flop

verb

Definition of flop for English Language Learners

  • : to fall, lie, or sit down in a sudden, awkward, or relaxed way

  • : to fail completely

  • : to swing or move in a loose, awkward, or uncontrolled way


flop

noun

Definition of flop for English Language Learners

  • : a complete failure

  • : the sound made when someone or something suddenly falls, lies, or sits down


FLOP Defined for Kids

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flop

verb \ ˈfläp \

Definition of flop for Students

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

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flop

noun

Definition of flop for Students

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


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