flop

verb
\ 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

flop

adverb

Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 4)

: right, squarely fell flop on my face

flop

noun (1)

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

flop

noun (2)
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 combination gigaflopA 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

Verb

flopper noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flop

Synonyms: Verb

flump, plank, plop, plump, plunk (or plonk)

Synonyms: Noun (1)

bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, failure, fiasco, fizzle, frost, lemon, loser, miss, shipwreck, turkey, washout

Antonyms: Noun (1)

blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

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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

Only time will tell if the two decisions will flourish or flop. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al.com, "Johnson: Moratorium, surcharge unveil intriguing battle over control of city’s growth," 4 July 2019 Moderate Tories, meanwhile, point out that their party embraced cultural conservatism in the 2017 election, and flopped. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 Inside is a siren over a foot long, surrounded by a carpet of flopping tadpoles and water beetles. Asher Elbein, Washington Post, "An unintended consequence of more fencing at the border? It might make it harder to identify a new salamander species.," 18 June 2019 The board replaced influential talent with big money flops like Giannelli Imbula or bargain bin signings like Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. SI.com, "What Happened Stokealona? Examining Where it All Went Wrong for a Once Promising Stoke City Side," 8 May 2018 In breaching, the magnificent animal succeeds in throwing a flopping fish on board as well. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Whale Breaching Right Next to a Boat is Like Something Out of 'Jaws'," 25 June 2017 Ocasio-Cortez recently flip-flopped in the span of a few days on the issue of Israel and Palestine. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Lieberman slams Ocasio-Cortez, urges voters to pick Joe Crowley," 18 July 2018 The cat flips repeatedly before flopping on the ground. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "He kicked a cat as someone yelled 'field goal' in video. City wants help finding him," 19 June 2018 This one came down to the bullpens, and while neither fared that well, Washington’s rebuilt version really flopped. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "New-Look Mets 2-0 after Alonso, other kids beat Nats 11-8," 30 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Don't dress for the movie theater or the bookstore or the restaurants; dress for the water fountain: shorts, T-shirt, flip-flops. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Pack these and a pair of flip flops and you should be set. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "The Simplest Summer Vacation Kit," 29 June 2019 The $1 flip flops are not available on in-store pickup orders. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Old Navy $1 flip flop sale is back Saturday with a golden flip flop contest," 14 June 2019 Flip flops are a polarizing enough shoe trend on their own. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Steve Madden Is Trying to Make Its ‘90s Platform Flip Flops Happen Again," 15 Apr. 2019 The giant blue flip-flop in the lobby is staying put. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "The Margaritaville hotel has been sold, but no worries. The Jimmy Buffett vibe is staying," 18 Apr. 2018 Addyi has been a commercial flop with peak sales of around $13 million per year. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 Once people had a chance to play it and Butterfield could track the numbers, the verdict was clear: Glitch was a flop. Lizette Chapman, Fortune, "This VC Firm Invested $200 Million in Slack. Now Its Stake Is Worth $4.6 Billion," 21 June 2019 But ballet flats are a slightly more sophisticated alternative to the sneakers and flip-flops—and just as comfortable. Avery Matera, Glamour, "The Exact Shoes to Wear With Every Pair of Jeans You Own," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of flop

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adverb

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

Verb

alteration of flap entry 2

Noun (2)

floating-point operation

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More Definitions for flop

flop

verb

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

flop

verb
\ 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.

flop

noun

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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