flop

verb
\ˈfläp \
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

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

Not everyone agrees that foldable phones will flop, though. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 Kids are asked to wear proper footwear (no flip flops in warmer months). Katie Newcomb, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo classes prove learning is fun at any age," 13 Jan. 2018 But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semifinals, France flopped. Graham Dunbar, courant.com, "A Youthful France Faces Veteran-Laden Croatia For World Cup," 14 July 2018 An attempt to freshen up the cabinet in January flopped, when Mrs May proved too weak to force some dud ministers out of their jobs. The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 Among his options: playing winger Jordan Weal for the first time in the series, and flip-flopping third-line winger Travis Konecny and first-line winger Michael Raffl. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers coach Dave Hakstol considering changes to boost production for Game 4 against Penguins," 16 Apr. 2018 That decision could prove difficult, which in the end could be a good thing for Ohio State as long as the final decision is decisive and doesn't leave open the opportunity for flip-flopping when the games matter in September. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Joe Burrow's Ohio State spring game: He's ready to start for the Buckeyes, or anyone else," 14 Apr. 2018 The Browns acquired cornerback Damarious Randall as part of the Kizer trade with Green Bay that included flip-flopping fifth-round picks, and got a 2019 seventh-rounder from Jacksonville for Kessler. BostonGlobe.com, "Browns trade away another QB," 7 Apr. 2018 Whether Parker flourishes or flops in the next stage of his career remains to be seen. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are both men and women versions of flip flops available for $49.99. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Top patriotic BBQ gear for July 4," 3 July 2018 Here are five pairs of budget-minded flip-flops that people on the internet absolutely love. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "5 Men's Flip-Flops That Are Perfect for Summer," 2 July 2018 Although there remain glimmers of hope for future breakthroughs on both of those fronts, the immediate results represent some of the biggest flops of Trump’s administration. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "How leaving the N.K. summit could be part of Trump’s strategy," 24 May 2018 Buy it now on Amazon.com, starting at $464 —S.M. Nintendo Switch Nintendo has always had a knack for being both cheeky and innovative—a risky strategy that's seen a number of flops alongside timeless gaming classics. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Tech Gifts for Travelers," 9 Mar. 2018 Those teams are legit contenders, and Washington, with a rookie manager and postseason flops, is a team with a culture that can’t be trusted much. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Instead, the 26-year-old playmaker regressed, becoming the butt of jokes because of his theatrics and flops. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Winds of football change blow at Russia World Cup," 7 July 2018 Hari Mari uses the material to create a flop that’s forgiving while still feeling structured. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "5 Men's Flip-Flops That Are Perfect for Summer," 2 July 2018 But unlike a week prior, the reserves couldn’t bail Sporting KC out of a first-half flop Saturday. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Montreal pitches shut out, ends Sporting KC's nine-game unbeaten streak," 30 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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a complete failure

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

flop

verb
\ˈfläp \
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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