\ 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 But WeWork flopped in its effort to go public last year and fueled broader concern about the prospects for other money-losing startups. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, "SoftBank survived WeWork, but the coronavirus credit rout is turning investors against Masayoshi Son’s empire," 18 Mar. 2020 Germany’s MediaMrkt and America’s Best Buy, big electronics retailers, and Home Depot, an American home-improvement giant, all flopped in China. The Economist, "Aisle and hopper Tesco considers selling its Asian supermarkets," 12 Dec. 2019 But at roughly the sun’s distance from the core, the galaxy begins to bend, flexing upward in one direction and flopping down in the other. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "The Milky Way is warped around the edges, new star map confirms," 1 Aug. 2019 In any normal year, billions are invested in the fall network-TV lineup, with the great unknown being what series might break through and which ones will flop. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Network TV announces fall schedules, but with as many questions as answers," 11 May 2020 Texas Pegging where Tom Herman's program will land feels like guesswork as much as anything, given how last year's team flopped amid high expectations. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus stopped spring football but it cannot stop an updated preseason Top 25," 25 Mar. 2020 Despite the fact that the wave of 2019 initial public offerings at tech companies— several of which flopped — did not fuel the sort of condo boom that some predicted, the high-end part of the market is alive and well. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "What’s in store for SF housing in 2020? More new homes, but not nearly enough," 3 Jan. 2020 Systems developed in one hospital often flop when deployed in a different facility, Cho said. Scientific American, "Artificial Intelligence Is Rushing Into Patient Care - And Could Raise Risks," 24 Dec. 2019 Richard Sylla of New York University’s Stern School of Business notes that America’s first public offering in 1781, of the Bank of North America, flopped. The Economist, "IPOs are a racket. But try finding something better," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mike DeWine’s flip flop on his coronavirus strategy? cleveland, "Why is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine embracing a coronavirus strategy he once called a disaster? This Week in the CLE," 29 June 2020 On top of this, Trump’s first campaign rally since the pandemic’s onset was a flop, both in numbers and performance. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: It’s Trump vs. Trump, and Trump is losing," 27 June 2020 But the policy shift commits DFC to nothing if small reactors end up being a flop. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Inside the new US policy on financing nuclear abroad," 22 June 2020 Even high-end fashion designers have joined the flip-flop bandwagon, with many producing fashion-forward styles. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "The 12 Most Comfortable Flip-flops for Men and Women, According to Customer Reviews," 14 June 2020 But measured by what an IPO should do—raise big money at the lowest possible cost to build the business and repay debt—the ZoomInfo debut, like so many other public offerings, rates as a flop. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "ZoomInfo’s IPO garnered high praise. It also left $576 million on the table," 10 June 2020 The evolving nature of best practices has absolutely made decisions around mask-wearing confusing, but the term flip-flop isn’t really fair either. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Convince Your Boyfriend* To Wear A Mask," 22 May 2020 Sandals and flip-flops often earn a bad rap as the least supportive footwear—but that’s not always the case. Health.com, "You Can Already Score Vionic Sandals on Sale Ahead of Memorial Day—Here’s Our Top 8 Picks," 19 May 2020 Get the right gear: Toss away the old flip-flops and opt for a good pair of sneakers. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 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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11 Jun 2020

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“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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