floppy

adjective
flop·​py | \ ˈflä-pē \
floppier; floppiest

Definition of floppy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to flop especially : being both soft and flexible

floppy

noun
plural floppies

Definition of floppy (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from floppy

Adjective

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

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Tomato plants are floppy by nature, so don't fault your gardening skills if your stems won't stand upright. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 From the tropical floral button-downs, summer dresses, and board shorts to the floppy hemp hats and lace-up platform espadrilles, Kors set his sight on imbuing surf culture with the easy glamour that’s come to define his brand. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Michael Kors, Breezy Sun-and-Surf Head Scarves Are a Runway Win," 12 Sep. 2018 The foxes were calmer and friendlier when approached—and also more baby-faced, with floppy ears, patchy coloring, and curlier tails. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018 At a bitcoin meetup in a skyscraper bar, the lawyer met Jason Maurice, a floppy-haired Hawaiian. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "The Man Who Solved Bitcoin’s Most Notorious Heist," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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

Adjective

1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

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floppy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of floppy

: soft and flexible

floppy

adjective
flop·​py | \ ˈflä-pē \
floppier; floppiest

Kids Definition of floppy

: being soft and flexible a big floppy hat

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