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

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 In Indonesia and Malaysia, nasi goreng often is given a distinctive tanginess with the addition of sweet soy sauce (along with some counteracting, sweat-inducing chilies) and a fried egg flopped unceremoniously on top. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Back in a April, one of the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptors belly-flopped right after takeoff and skidded down more than a mile of runway. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Releases Explanation for April's F-22 Belly Flop Accident," 19 Nov. 2018 Urban Meyer after the game explained the move as some experimental flip-flopping that had happened over the course of the previous 14 spring practices. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Why Thayer Munford and Isaiah Prince flipped tackle spots coming out of spring," 19 Apr. 2018 The show flopped on Lifetime and now new episodes will be exclusive to Netflix. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Netflix Reports Paid Customers Rise on Strength Overseas," 17 Jan. 2019 The bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of hogs, chickens and other drowned livestock bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly on the surface to escape it. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 2018 Frankie was shy at first but gradually learned to trust his new friend, flopping on his side and purring with gratitude, and even viewing trips to the vet as opportunities for more human interaction. Laura Bruck, cleveland.com, "Blue-Eyed Frankie is waiting to sing a song of joy for his new family," 14 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Woods gave away holes with a poor flop shot behind the sixth green and a mediocre chip on No. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Woods’ big run sends him to weekend against McIlroy," 30 Mar. 2019 Five casinos –– including the once fabled Trump Taj Mahal and a multi-billion-dollar flop called Revel that lasted just over two years –– shut down, leaving seven remaining. Robert Digiacomo, USA TODAY, "New Hard Rock Casino gives Atlantic City a hot hand," 29 June 2018 Like any prospect, Doncic has the potential to be a star or a flop. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Is Luka Doncic worth the risk? Why the Kings might be best equipped to make that call," 15 June 2018 Viktøs, an apparel company based in Wisconsin, ran a billboard-length ad for flip-flops next to one of the escalators, with the tagline GEAR FOR YOUR DAILY GUNFIGHT. Elliott Woods, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 16 Apr. 2018 Bring on the flip-flops, green grass, blooming flowers, and singing birds. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Spring Instagram Captions for All of Your Sunny Photos," 26 Mar. 2019 Supercomputers measure their performance in flops, or calculations per second. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who commands astronomical wages, has been a flop. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Mourinho Fired From Manchester United as Premier League Heavyweights Struggle," 18 Dec. 2018 The press release from the Chicago Police says Joyce, whose nickname is Strawberry, was last seen wearing a black sweater, red shirt, black leggings and flip flops. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Family pleads for help to find missing Chicago mother Joyce Cluchey," 18 June 2018

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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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