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)

Other Words from floppy


floppily \ ˈflä-​pə-​lē How to pronounce floppy (audio) \ adverb
floppiness \ ˈflä-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce floppy (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for floppy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 But there’s no question who will have the ball in his hands most of the time: the floppy-haired 5-foot-11 point guard with the outsized determination. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The character playfully compared his floppy ears with those of the Grogu hat worn by Cameron’s 8-year-old cousin Leo. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 The 52-year-old singer posted a video of her husband dressed in a pink bunny onesie, complete with big floppy ears and little bunny slippers on his feet. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 18 Apr. 2022 In a hot pink set and floppy hat, both from Triangl. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Apr. 2022 For instance, the Muni Metro network’s dilapidated train control system still largely runs on floppy disks. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2022 Initially, Betty was depicted as a dog with a button nose and floppy ears. Emily Wishingrad, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 Three thousand miles away, a floppy-haired 20-year-old named David Karp—Zuckerberg’s non-evil twin—was building something different. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 Like another layer in his sandwich, the floppy-haired playmaker has added the one ingredient that was missing from his repertoire: a trustworthy three-pointer. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 At least 60 percent of my dreams feature airplanes shaped like my bedroom and supported by floppy, creaky iron wings. Katie Heaney, The Cut, 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, 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, 21 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

8 May 2022

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“Floppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for floppy


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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