flop·py | \ˈflä-pē \
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 \ adverb
floppiness \ˈflä-pē-nəs \ 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

This week's was courtesty of Tour rookie Joel Dahmen, whose on-course, floppy-bucket-hat swag is second only to Schoolboy Q and maybe my own father. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: More Rules Headaches, Predicting Ryder Cup Rosters and Grading Tiger's Comeback," 3 July 2018 Love was a droopy spaghetti strap, a low-slung pair of pants, or a beanie hat as floppy as that piece of lettuce Gyllenhaal once watched Dunst shovel into her mouth. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Celebrities Are Slipping Into Love Like a Pair of Slide Sandals," 13 July 2018 Within the cochlea, hair cells rest on an organic platform known as the basilar membrane that is floppy and wide on one end and narrow and taut on the other. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Neither of us loved Red Mill’s fries, which were neither pleasantly floppy nor properly crispy, nor salty enough. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Just months after being born, Jace Pitre was diagnosed with hypotonia, a condition known as floppy baby syndrome that causes low muscle tone and affects the lungs and heart. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buddy Ball Baseball League a field of dreams for kids with disabilities," 21 June 2018 Tomato plants are floppy by nature—but by being left to sprawl, the plants are more disease-prone and fruit quality can suffer. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways To Support Your Tomatoes," 2 Sep. 2016 Those flat, floppy beasts get tossed into the highest corner in my linen closet, never to be seen again. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Top Sheets For Good," 20 June 2018 For women that meant tailcoat bodysuits worn with fishnet stockings and and for men that meant tuxedos with cutaway jackets accessorized with floppy bow ties. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 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 \
floppier; floppiest

Kids Definition of floppy

: being soft and flexible a big floppy hat

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to reject or criticize sharply

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