\ 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 After flopping against Oregon, where does Utah go from here? oregonlive, "To win the Rose Bowl the Oregon Ducks need to play like they did in Santa Clara: Issues & Answers," 8 Dec. 2019 The commitment to assess technical fouls for flopping isn’t working. BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard lost to Buffalo, 88-76, as part of the James Naismith Classic in Toronto. Aiken, the Crimson’s best player, had been missing for four games because of an injury, but he came off the bench to lead the team with 18 points, shooting 6 for 14 but also committing five turnovers.," 19 Nov. 2019 It is understood that reform takes time, but the premier’s flip flopping on some of the issues has caused uneasiness with his leadership. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopians are losing faith in prime minister Abiy’s promises for peace," 16 Nov. 2019 Research that followed flipped and flopped on the matter. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bet you think this story is about you, don't you? Narcissism and your health," 29 Oct. 2019 Many travelers suffer from stiff, sore necks from the weight of their heads flopping on long plane, car, bus, and train rides—potentially causing neck and back pain. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Top 10 Travel Pillows for the Best Sleep On-the-Go," 22 Oct. 2019 There will be flowers, singing, men and women in white robes, and filleted human corpses flopping about. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Midsommar Loses Its Plot Under a Sinister Midnight Sun," 27 June 2019 Before Euphoria premiered, the world knew one thing about the brand new HBO show: there is a locker room scene with about 30 full-frontal penises flopping about. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Thinking Through Euphoria Season 1, Episode 2: "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"," 24 June 2019 A decade ago early attempts at game streaming flopped precisely because of high prices and iffy technology. The Economist, "Google launches its game-streaming platform," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The painful flops of Keenum and Flacco are the main reasons the Broncos have lost 16 of their most recent 25 games. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Von Miller could win more if Broncos hadn’t lost out on Kirk Cousins and Gary Kubiak," 14 Nov. 2019 The President’s latest foreign-policy flop was not all of his making, however. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "After Six Decades, Turkey Is Now a U.S. Ally in Name Only," 14 Nov. 2019 The noise has died down around Book after the flop at Michigan. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Pedal to the metal seems to be working for Notre Dame football this November," 10 Nov. 2019 Since the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign, United have been heavily scrutinised for their signings - with Fred being pointed to as one of the biggest flops in recent transfer history. SI.com, "Man Utd Shareholders Blame Transfer Failings for Club's Falling Stock Prices," 2 Nov. 2019 But, as Molsick pointed out, the 49ers’ second belly-flop, the self-destruction of the progress that was made after the resurgence under Jim Harbaugh, was even more difficult to swallow. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "‘Respected again!’ 49ers fans, long dormant, emerging from coast to coast," 25 Oct. 2019 Despite the massive success of The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), every other revival attempt has failed, most recently the nonsensical flops subtitled Salvation and Genisys. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Most Exciting Part of Terminator: Dark Fate Isn’t the Action," 23 Oct. 2019 There has been a resurgence of interest in the Havaianas flip-flop: coming in every color of the rainbow, the style is beloved by celebrities and Francophiles alike. Vogue, "The Must-Have Sandals of the Summer Were Surprisingly Affordable, Shop Them Now Before the Season Ends," 31 Aug. 2019 Despite the initial flop of Spectacles -- and the failure of Google Glass for consumers -- the tech industry is still actively investing in smart glasses. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Snapchat unveils redesigned Spectacles sunglasses with 3D effects," 13 Aug. 2019

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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 Dec 2019

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“Flop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=flop0001. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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