\ 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 In any normal year, billions are invested in the fall network-TV lineup, with the great unknown being what series might break through and which ones will flop. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Network TV announces fall schedules, but with as many questions as answers," 11 May 2020 Texas Pegging where Tom Herman's program will land feels like guesswork as much as anything, given how last year's team flopped amid high expectations. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus stopped spring football but it cannot stop an updated preseason Top 25," 25 Mar. 2020 Despite the fact that the wave of 2019 initial public offerings at tech companies— several of which flopped — did not fuel the sort of condo boom that some predicted, the high-end part of the market is alive and well. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "What’s in store for SF housing in 2020? More new homes, but not nearly enough," 3 Jan. 2020 Systems developed in one hospital often flop when deployed in a different facility, Cho said. Scientific American, "Artificial Intelligence Is Rushing Into Patient Care - And Could Raise Risks," 24 Dec. 2019 Richard Sylla of New York University’s Stern School of Business notes that America’s first public offering in 1781, of the Bank of North America, flopped. The Economist, "IPOs are a racket. But try finding something better," 24 Oct. 2019 Offerings from Jaguar, Audi, and Porsche haven’t totally flopped, but their ultra-premium segment is a small fraction of the overall consumer vehicle market. Nathaniel Horadam, Ars Technica, "Are electric vehicles doomed? We don’t think so, despite poor sales," 27 Apr. 2020 This season, if an official deems a player has flopped, he’ll be issued a warning. BostonGlobe.com, "“We’re a lot different than we were last year. We’re more connected. We also have more guys who can shoot the ball. We’re more athletic now with Walter Whyte coming back.’’," 30 Oct. 2019 The other recall attempts this year in Colorado have totally flopped. Cindi Andrews, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s 2019 voter guide, a Pueblo surprise and House money races," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sandals and flip-flops often earn a bad rap as the least supportive footwear—but that’s not always the case. Health.com, "You Can Already Score Vionic Sandals on Sale Ahead of Memorial Day—Here’s Our Top 8 Picks," 19 May 2020 Get the right gear: Toss away the old flip-flops and opt for a good pair of sneakers. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 2020 Push-back on DeWine’s flip-flop on making face masks or coverings mandatory for all as the state gradually reopens its economy is surfacing. Randy Ludlow And Lucas Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Why Ohio’s curve won’t go down: nursing homes, long-term care, prisons," 1 May 2020 But the lack of spring breakers this year meant fewer flip flop sales, and that's a challenge for both sales and space. Margaret Littman, Fortune, "Coronavirus turns the outdoor industry’s crucial spring season into its most challenging in years," 24 Apr. 2020 Shop Tory Burch flip-flops for $39 The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "These iconic Tory Burch flip-flops are seriously discounted right now," 10 Apr. 2020 Customers stroll the aisles in sweatpants, pyjamas, even flip-flops. The Economist, "Covid couture Lebanon embraces sweatpants during the outbreak," 8 Apr. 2020 This is another last-minute flip-flop from the governor on the April 7th election. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issues order shutting down Tuesday's election," 6 Apr. 2020 The healthcare group’s attempt to provide aid was initially approved by the health ministry, however, so the flip-flop has stirred speculation about power struggles within the regime. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘Iran may well collapse’ under coronavirus strain, warns top EU diplomat," 25 Mar. 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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28 May 2020

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“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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