flop·​py | \ ˈflä-pē How to pronounce floppy (audio) \
floppier; floppiest

Definition of floppy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to flop especially : being both soft and flexible


plural floppies

Definition of floppy (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from floppy


floppily \ ˈflä-​pə-​lē How to pronounce floppily (audio) \ adverb
floppiness \ ˈflä-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce floppiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for floppy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of floppy in a Sentence

Adjective my basset hound is always tripping over her long, floppy ears
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cabbages support the floppy dill, while the dill attracts the helpful wasps that control cabbage worms and other pests. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side," 24 Apr. 2020 Properly cooking tender spring vegetables like asparagus is challenging. Divert your attention for just a few seconds and those babies go from perfectly green and snap-tender to Hulk-green and floppy. NBC News, "Sous vide sides: Perfect asparagus with tomato-basil vinaigrette," 12 Apr. 2020 Sure, the couch will do in a pinch, but all those loose, floppy cushions aren’t exactly built for long hours spent at the computer. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Staples slashed the prices on these highly-rated office chairs—but they’re going fast," 11 Apr. 2020 This is a small price to pay to flatten the curve, while our bangs grow floppy, but the ramifications are obvious. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "I let my wife cut my hair. I might never go back to a barber again.," 9 Apr. 2020 Evidenced by the thousands of supportive comments, Shania's striped two-piece, floppy sunhat, and oversized sunglasses will undoubtedly influence our vacation looks for years to come. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Shania Twain Posted a Video of Herself in a Bikini and Fans Are Going 'Totally Crazy'," 14 Mar. 2020 Another robust pleasure is dry-aged beef carved into crimson slices, decorated with thick slices of purple onion and flanked with popovers that look like floppy chef’s toques. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Nina May is dialed into diners’ desires in Logan Circle," 4 Mar. 2020 The other half of the protein is disorderly, forming a floppy tail that hangs off the cell surface and into the space between cells. Scientific American, "The Married Researchers Racing to Stop Prion Disease," 29 Feb. 2020 The three old friends were perched near Birdie, who lay pale and skinny from the neck down, though her face was unreal in its puffiness, as if covered by a floppy creature sucking on the bones of her skull. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "Birdie," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mini New York taco chain Tacombi sells the nutty corn and floppy, avocado oil-rich flour tortillas from their restaurants under the Vista Hermosa name at markets throughout the New York area. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Stockpile These Tortillas for a Lifetime of Great Tacos," 13 Feb. 2020 The first 8-inch floppies could hold up to 80 kilobytes of information. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Finally Ditches 8-Inch Floppy Disks," 22 Oct. 2019 In 1979, Belyaev noted that some of the foxes had begun to look different, developing curly tails, spotting on their coats and floppy, puppy-like ears. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "Tame foxes taught us about animal domestication. But did we get the story wrong?," 6 Dec. 2019 The floppies were used to help broadcast emergency action messages issued to nuclear forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Finally Ditches 8-Inch Floppy Disks," 22 Oct. 2019 On his shirt was a vintage image of the Jonas Brothers, circa their early vest-wearing days when Nick had a floppy Bob Ross haircut, Joe sported a bird wing of a side bang, and Kevin boasted a voluminous Lionel Richie coif. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Is Justin Bieber a Jonas Brothers Fanboy?," 29 July 2019 At least 60 percent of my dreams feature airplanes shaped like my bedroom and supported by floppy, creaky iron wings. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Why Don’t We Dream About Our Smartphones?," 5 July 2018 To finish: Bring a pan of water to a boil and blanch the Chinese cabbage leaves and baby bok choy until floppy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Clear-Simmered Lion’s Head Meatballs," 27 Mar. 2018 Dark-bearded and muscular, the research ecologist sports a uniform of blue work clothes, sturdy boots and a floppy, Army-style camo hat. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, "Marijuana: An Environmental Buzzkill," 21 Aug. 2017

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1858, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Floppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce floppy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of floppy

: soft and flexible


flop·​py | \ ˈflä-pē How to pronounce floppy (audio) \
floppier; floppiest

Kids Definition of floppy

: being soft and flexible a big floppy hat

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