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 Alfa’s steering reinforces the perception of almost floppy playfulness, with light effort but immediate reactivity. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 But doing that means losing valuable information about how a floppy protein functions, says Melanie Ohi, a structural biologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 Before thumb drives, floppy discs reigned supreme, boasting a portable storage capacity of 1.4 megabytes. Popular Science, "Delightful drink coasters that protect your furniture and show off your sense of style," 16 Jan. 2020 Lots of layers, floppy bangs, and light-catching highlights give her look a totally vintage feel. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Unveils Retro Shag Haircut in New "Rare" Music Video," 10 Jan. 2020 After the workout, Nurkic sat down for a chat with reporters for the first time since early October, talking as sweat dripped from his nose and his new floppy hairdo popped out of a big white headband. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic ‘right where I want to be’ in rehab and ‘hungry’ for return," 15 Dec. 2019 This sweet, floppy little polar bear cub was born all the way back in 2013, but footage of his very first steps will never get old. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A host of holiday suggestions, a pageant milestone and therapy chickens!," 14 Dec. 2019 Its subject, an unidentifiable creature, is somehow both grotesque and gentle; sleepy-eyed and floppy-eared, its arms are curled up by its face. The Economist, "Dora Maar, an overlooked star of surrealism," 3 Dec. 2019 Zephan Cantu of Indiana has cerebral palsy, a rare congenital disorder that affects muscle tone and posture, often causing rigid or floppy limbs and difficulty walking, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "High School Students Band Together to Make Hulk Costume for 4-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Harry Styles has been a long time proponent of the look, with his floppy, voluminous coif taking those rom-com vibes and marrying them to some more 70s rock star looks, plus some 80s blowout aesthetic added in for fun. Max Berlinger, GQ, "The 6 Best Men's Grooming Moves of the Week," 17 July 2017

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1858, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2020

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“Floppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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