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flop·​py ˈflä-pē How to pronounce floppy (audio)
floppier; floppiest
: tending to flop
especially : being both soft and flexible
floppily adverb
floppiness noun


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plural floppies

Examples of floppy in a Sentence

Adjective my basset hound is always tripping over her long, floppy ears
Recent Examples on the Web
Others want to take an adorable paw or floppy ear and pretend to eat it. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 But despite the mess, the misshapen dough and the floppy pizza slices, laughter filled that tiny kitchen. Sonja and Alex Overhiser, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Sad but true: I’ve been served some seriously floppy flatbread at eateries around the Treasure Valley as of lately. James Patrick Kelly, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Kangaroo Jack This goofball dog makes new people smile with his floppy ears and puppy dog eyes. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Some cool stuff, some terrible ideas, and a very, very floppy wiper. David Pierce, The Verge, 7 Jan. 2024 According to video posted by fans, singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool and Fallon arrived in disguise, wearing floppy wigs and shades — with Fallon deeply undercover in a long blonde weird beard and matching shoulder-length curly hair wig. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2024 No more wrestling unruly comforters into floppy, restrictive sleeves with elusive corners, Eisenberg promised. Dan Greene, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 Harvey wore layered necklaces matching the chain's gold color and topped the look off with geometric earrings and a floppy straw sun hat. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2024
Sony, the last floppy disk manufacturer standing, stopped making floppies in 2011. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2024 The original Lisa, as shipped with two floppies and a 5MB ProFile hard drive. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 DiCaprio was so ubiquitous that the Taliban reportedly arrested barbers for giving men haircuts modeled after Jack Dawson’s floppy ’do. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Mini New York taco chain Tacombi sells the nutty corn and floppy, avocado oil-rich flour tortillas from their restaurants under the Vista Hermosa name at markets throughout the New York area. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 13 Feb. 2020 The first 8-inch floppies could hold up to 80 kilobytes of information. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 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, 6 Dec. 2019 The floppies were used to help broadcast emergency action messages issued to nuclear forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 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, 29 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1858, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of floppy was in 1858

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“Floppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


floppier; floppiest
: being soft and flexible

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