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 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 The redshirt sophomore finished with 11 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and only one turnover that came on a bad pass with 81/2 minutes left in a game that the Bruins (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) dominated thanks to their floppy-haired playmaker. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Tyger Campbell sparks Bruins to dominant win over Cal in Pac-12 opener," 6 Dec. 2020 Like any good beach party, the scene on the sidewalk Saturday around the shuttered Elbo Room was lively, with pounding music, dogs, and people milling about in floppy hats and swim trunks. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward bars’ continued closure protested: 'It doesn’t make any sense’," 19 Sep. 2020 But those technologies—like the magnetic tapes and floppy drives before them—are apt to become antiquated and unreadable when they are overtaken by new technology. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Scientists ‘program’ living bacteria to store data," 11 Jan. 2021 There were a few items that could require immediate attention, not least being the floppy drive. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 Turning a corner, Yamamoto bumped into a floppy-haired guy who was wearing a puffy jacket and carrying his own clipboard. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Asking All Georgians: Are You Seventeen and a Half?," 14 Dec. 2020 Other giveaways include the Orioles floppy hat June 4, a Mr. Trash Wheel reusable water bottle July 9, the popular Orioles Hawaiian shirt July 10 and an Orioles fanny pack Aug. 11. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles release 2021 promotions schedule, featuring several planned 2020 giveaways," 10 Dec. 2020 Keep the plant inside and continue to provide plenty of light or the leaves will be weak and floppy. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Get the dramatic look of amaryllises in your home for the holidays, but you have to pot them now," 11 Nov. 2020 This furry, floppy-eared creature is already dividing Masked Singer fans, with many having a tough time deciding who could be the celeb behind the mask. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Gremlin on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Already Have a SUPER Clever Theory," 30 Sep. 2020 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, "Stockpile These Tortillas for a Lifetime of Great Tacos," 13 Feb. 2020 The first 8-inch floppies could hold up to 80 kilobytes of information. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Finally Ditches 8-Inch Floppy Disks," 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, "Tame foxes taught us about animal domestication. But did we get the story wrong?," 6 Dec. 2019 The floppies were used to help broadcast emergency action messages issued to nuclear forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Finally Ditches 8-Inch Floppy Disks," 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, "Is Justin Bieber a Jonas Brothers Fanboy?," 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, "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

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1858, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2021

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“Floppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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