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

droopy, flaccid, lank, limp, yielding

Antonyms: Adjective

inflexible, resilient, rigid, stiff, sturdy, tense

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Examples of floppy in a Sentence


my basset hound is always tripping over her long, floppy ears

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Often, domestic animals, in contrast to their wild counterparts, exhibit a feature known as neoteny—the retention of juvenile traits like soft fur, floppy ears, and bigger heads relative to their body size. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Domesticated animals, explained," 4 July 2019 Means said with a smile and an Orioles floppy hat perched on his head. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles hitting, pitching align for 13-0 win over Indians," 28 June 2019 Party seeker Poodles with big hair, lots of sunglasses and floppy hats: the people-watching in Palm Springs can’t be beat. Erin Behan, USA TODAY, "Escape to Palm Springs with a vacation designed just for you," 26 June 2019 Over the years, these ensembles have featured thigh-high suede boots, floppy hats, a leather punk rock jacket and couture. Jose Carlos Fajardo, The Mercury News, "Beyonce controversy aside, Nicole Curran always shines as Warriors’ style icon," 8 June 2019 No longer is this floppy hat merely part of our dad's fishing outfits or our toddler outfits in family photo albums, now bucket hats are going down runways and in every perfectly, curated square of your favorite Instagram style stars. Teen Vogue, "The Best Bucket Hat for Every Mood," 5 June 2019 The Cubs, meanwhile, were looking at a future mired in uncertainty, with manager Joe Maddon’s status up in the air after 2019 and a team that follows hot streaks with cold spells at the drop of a floppy hat. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: It’s Bizarro World for the Cubs and White Sox," 19 June 2019 But then a dire circumstance threatens to part the child and his floppy eared toy forever. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A heart-tugging ‘Rabbit’ on SCR stage," 3 June 2019 From roll-up visors, pliable raffias and flexible straws, to floppy bucket hats, there’s a topper to squish in every suitcase and suit every price point this season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "11 Stylish (and Packable!) Sun Hats to Wear All Summer Long," 22 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The next, the ricotta inside floppy tortellini got an extra spur from lemon zest. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Some Food, a Plate, a Room. That’s Enough at King, in SoHo.," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of floppy


1858, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

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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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