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

Shevah reworks menswear, creating skort-like khaki bottoms and floppy hats and beanies. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019 Celebrity fans like Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber may have revived the piece within their off-duty outfits, but incorporating the floppy, casual style into dressier ensembles takes skill. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Rihanna Delivers a Couture Twist on the Bucket Hat," 3 Oct. 2018 Bethany: If you were raised on them, Dick’s fries are just right: not too thin, not too thick, kind of floppy except for the tiny crispy ones, perfectly salted. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Image Injera is a certainty at every Ethiopian meal and the measure of every Ethiopian restaurant: floppy, featherweight flatbread as thin as a kerchief, with the sepia tinge of an old photograph. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 June 2018 Children with the disorder usually show a variety of symptoms, including weakness in one arm or leg, a crouched gait, having muscles that are too stiff or floppy, and excessive drooling, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "See the Emotional Moment Groom Marries the Woman He Once Feared Wouldn't Date Him As He Has Cerebral Palsy," 2 June 2018 His all-white tuxedo looks especially angelic against his porcelain skin and perfectly floppy hair. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "Elio and Oliver Look Really Good at the Oscars," 4 Mar. 2018 Making matters more mysterious, there was no obvious reason why docility should be linked to floppy ears. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 Just as Marlon Brando and Bob Marley tossed crew necks over jeans in their day, put-together types like Colin Farrell slot them underneath suits today for a laissez-faire but never floppy look. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The War Over T-Shirt Necklines: V vs. Crew," 22 Aug. 2018

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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a strong desire or propensity

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