\ 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 However, in January 2018, Pruitt flip-flopped and announced that the protections would stay in place as the EPA gathered more information. Scott Bronstein, CNN, "EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor," 9 Aug. 2019 The enormous conference was also an opportunity for tech observers to make predictions about the innovations that might become popular and the gadgets that will probably flop in the coming years. New York Times, "A Glimpse of Our Connected Tech Future, Courtesy of CES 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 At the top of that list is Texas, which has flopped to a 6-5 record in Tom Herman’s third year. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "College football coaches on the move: Five questions as changes loom," 27 Nov. 2019 And Jim Harbaugh, who has flopped at Michigan, previously succeeded in the NFL. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Urban Meyer, Bill Cowher should be at top of Cowboys' coaching candidates list," 5 Jan. 2020 This could have easily just been another show that flopped. Andrea Barber, Good Housekeeping, "Andrea Barber Gets Real About Lori Loughlin, 'Full House' Secrets, and More in New Book," 15 Nov. 2019 The material that had fortuitously flopped into my eye actually was a very exotic and very amazing microbial mineral community. National Geographic, "Episode 2: The Alien Underground," 22 Oct. 2019 And if the cushioning isn’t high enough on each side, your head may flop from left to right. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Top 10 Travel Pillows for the Best Sleep On-the-Go," 22 Oct. 2019 Some glided across with ease while others flipped, flopped and clumsily dragged their gigantic floaties in tow. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "We Lost the Dirtybird Campout Spelling Bee and Other Festival Field Activity Reports," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apart from the flip-flop over the amendment to IFA 1927 in 2019, following a supreme court order, the issue of evicting tribal people and forest dwellers from forests after the rejection of their claims, gained traction. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "India’s missing a clear forest policy and its jungle dwellers are the worst off," 12 Jan. 2020 Studios are loath to risk the embarrassment of a flop, and streamers are more than happy to use such content to draw subscribers. al, "Box office is down in 2019 despite ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’ That’s not what’s worrying theaters most," 22 Dec. 2019 But neither of those was as much of a loud belly-flop as Warner Bros.' adaptation of Donna Tart's dazzling novel The Goldfinch. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year," 14 Sep. 2019 Some called for United to count their losses and get rid of the 'flop'. SI.com, "Fred: Why Manchester United Must Give the £52m Brazilian a Chance to Shine," 9 Sep. 2019 All the performers come to the stage in their own unique pair of slippers or flip-flops. Darryn King, New York Times, "Building David Byrne’s ‘Utopia,’ One Gray Suit at a Time," 23 Nov. 2019 But today the wind patterns flip-flop between blowing eastward and westward. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "The Reason Antarctica Is Melting: Shifting Winds, Driven by Global Warming," 16 Aug. 2019 Pick up your new prescription sunglasses at Specs Optometry (opening in August), a tube of Becca Ultimate Love lipstick at Sephora cosmetics and some sunblock, flip-flops and a stylish beach hat at Urban Beach House. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One Paseo: A day in the life of San Diego’s new urban village," 11 July 2019 You, the nominal viewer, will flip-flop between the two. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Hollywood Bets On a Future of Quick Clips and Tiny Screens," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flopped. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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