\ 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


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


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


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Maine, there was a lake with mist rising off it in the mornings, the call of loons, a dock for Murphy to belly-flop off. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Davis said one of the key to his success in taking charges is not to flop. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 The potential change would essentially flip-flop the regional and semistate. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Jan. 2022 The committee could flop Ole Miss and Baylor after the Rebels' Egg Bowl win against Mississippi State, especially since the Bears struggled against Texas Tech. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 Ingles tries to flop on the offensive play — there’s not anything anywhere close to a foul there, just play defense — then brings the ball and his elbow into Allen’s headspace, despite having, um, ample opportunity to not do that. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2022 Toss-ups of this nature usually flop toward the latter. Kelly Mcclure, Vulture, 28 Nov. 2021 All of which is to say: Many of us are ready to flop over, just like Noodle. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2021 Meyer isn't the first former college coach to flop in the transition to the next level. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The floral flop sparked her idea to create flowers that not only last a year, but are completely customizable. Lanae Brody, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 For a film director who just made a flop, the wait can be a long one. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 6 May 2022 For other developers on this list, though, a software flop put them out of business. PCMAG, 4 May 2022 The flip flop has been trending and these styles fit right in with the surfer feel. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2022 Coming down hard when projects flop can crush people's spirits, leading to a sterile work environment. Ludwig Melik, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Metro also took a prominent role in seeking to overhaul the region’s transportation network in 2020, but the $5 billion plan Peterson helped shape was a flop with voters, with 58% of them rejecting it. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 The auction's flop is a sign the NFT market is starting to cool off, one blockchain expert told CBS MoneyWatch. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2022 But Xiang’s latest move has turned out to be a spectacular flop. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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21 Apr 2022

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“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for flop


\ 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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