\ 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


noun (1)

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


noun (2)
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 combination gigaflopA 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

flump, plank, plop, plump, plunk (or plonk)

Synonyms: Noun (1)

bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, failure, fiasco, fizzle, frost, lemon, loser, miss, shipwreck, turkey, washout

Antonyms: Noun (1)

blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

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Examples of flop in a Sentence


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

Moderate Tories, meanwhile, point out that their party embraced cultural conservatism in the 2017 election, and flopped. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 Inside is a siren over a foot long, surrounded by a carpet of flopping tadpoles and water beetles. Asher Elbein, Washington Post, "An unintended consequence of more fencing at the border? It might make it harder to identify a new salamander species.," 18 June 2019 The board replaced influential talent with big money flops like Giannelli Imbula or bargain bin signings like Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. SI.com, "What Happened Stokealona? Examining Where it All Went Wrong for a Once Promising Stoke City Side," 8 May 2018 In breaching, the magnificent animal succeeds in throwing a flopping fish on board as well. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Whale Breaching Right Next to a Boat is Like Something Out of 'Jaws'," 25 June 2017 Ocasio-Cortez recently flip-flopped in the span of a few days on the issue of Israel and Palestine. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Lieberman slams Ocasio-Cortez, urges voters to pick Joe Crowley," 18 July 2018 The cat flips repeatedly before flopping on the ground. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "He kicked a cat as someone yelled 'field goal' in video. City wants help finding him," 19 June 2018 This one came down to the bullpens, and while neither fared that well, Washington’s rebuilt version really flopped. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "New-Look Mets 2-0 after Alonso, other kids beat Nats 11-8," 30 Mar. 2019 In Indonesia and Malaysia, nasi goreng often is given a distinctive tanginess with the addition of sweet soy sauce (along with some counteracting, sweat-inducing chilies) and a fried egg flopped unceremoniously on top. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the report turned out to be a flop, coming in at only 75,000 jobs. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The 2020 Census hiring spree has yet to show up," 7 June 2019 That perhaps explains why, when first produced, this play was a huge flop for Maugham. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Griffin Theatre's 'For Services Rendered' is like 'Downton Abbey,' about the wrenching change of the Great War," 3 June 2019 Even Mickelson’s fashion statement was a flop during Thursday’s first round. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson duel fizzles during opening round at TPC," 11 May 2018 But the tunnel was a commercial flop; flooding, collapses and bankruptcy fueled a 15-year overrun. John Lee, latimes.com, "Underground London well beyond the Tube holds secrets and delights," 25 Mar. 2018 This could be another flop like the city's proposal to Amazon. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Rising beer prices, Milwaukee's pitch to the DNC and a missing Picasso," 21 Feb. 2018 Goodbye winter boots and hello sandals and flip flops! Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Where to Shop the Best Memorial Day Shoe Deals This Year," 15 May 2019 Fueling unease is a feeling that Mr. Johnson can flip-flop on important issues—including Brexit. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Former Top Diplomat Is Now Her Antagonist on Brexit," 28 Sep. 2018 That means no senator who wanted to vote against her would have to flip-flop on prior support. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "One of these women could be Trump's Supreme Court pick," 2 July 2018

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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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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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