\ 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 Instead, the company launched the Pixel Slate, a surface-style tablet-plus-keyboard combo that flopped so hard that Google decided to stop making tablets. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google announces the Pixelbook Go, a premium, MacBook-style Chrome OS laptop," 15 Oct. 2019 Facebook has already released a TikTok clone, called Lasso, which flopped, and the app researcher Jane Manchun Wong recently discovered that Instagram has been testing TikTok-like features. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How TikTok Holds Our Attention," 23 Sep. 2019 Until then, Notre Dame will be known as the team that flops badly in its biggest games, such as last season’s College Football Playoff (a 30-3 semifinal drubbing by Clemson) and the 2013 BCS championship game (a 42-14 rout at the hands of Alabama). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Top 10 showdown as Georgia hosts Irish between the hedges," 19 Sep. 2019 So, two games in, here are nine Premier League signings who are definitely, 100%, without question or hesitation going to flop this season. SI.com, "9 Premier League Signings That Are Definitely 100% Without a Doubt Going to Flop This Season," 20 Aug. 2019 Bill O’Brien is clearly in win-now mode, and if the team flops this year, he probably will get fired, and the lack of first-round picks will be someone else’s problem. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Brady thrilled that Jacoby Brissett gets his chance to shine," 7 Sep. 2019 These birds sometimes flopped around after their heads were cut off, but Mike was still alive the next day. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Johnson may be right after Trump flip-flopped on wanting background check legislation. cleveland.com, "More economic uncertainty with tariffs, steelworker layoffs and angry farmers: The Flyover," 21 Aug. 2019 In recent years two high-profile deli newcomers flopped in Boca Raton: Rappy’s, a modern take on deli from veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport, shuttered in less than a year, and Junior’s of Brooklyn, famed for its cheesecake, lasted two years. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Pastrami revival? Wave of delis open in South Florida, blending old and new," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The barriers on the southern U.S. border walls have been dramatically extended by recent presidents—Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump—while politicians have performed acrobatic flip-flops in their positions on border security. Time, "The Berlin Wall Is a Reminder That Barriers Last Only As Long as the Political Will to Defend Them," 8 Nov. 2019 In Moscow, which is roiling under Western sanctions even if its glossy central streets don’t show it, Vladimir Putin flip-flops between publicly supporting cryptocurrencies and outright trashing them. Wired, "The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier," 29 Oct. 2019 The man next to them showed up in a ballcap, flip-flops and shorts. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Omakase in Orlando — a culinary adventure that requires surrender," 7 Oct. 2019 The retired professional wrestler, 35, opted for a black knee-length dress with spaghetti straps and dark sunglasses, wearing her hair tied up into a top knot and black flip-flops. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Going Strong! Nikki Bella and Boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev Step Out Hand-in-Hand in Los Angeles," 24 Sep. 2019 These flip-flops only underscored Harris’s apparent lack of a core set of beliefs. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Kamala Harris Is Moving to Iowa," 23 Sep. 2019 She was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue denim Capri pants and silver flip-flops. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Woman, 60, was last seen walking in southeast Oak Cliff," 23 July 2019 This kind of flip-flop highlights to Beijing just how unstable Washington’s security policy is right now. Tim Culpan, latimes.com, "Easing Huawei restrictions may help trade, but won’t stop the China tech battle," 1 July 2019 Bathing suits, aqua socks or flip flops are recommended. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Need to take the kids on a getaway but it won't stop raining? Great Wolf Lodge day passes are now a thing," 20 June 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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13 Nov 2019

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“Flop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flopped. Accessed 22 November 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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