\ ˈfläp How to pronounce flop (audio) \
flopped; flopping

Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to swing or move loosely : flap
2 : to throw or move oneself in a heavy, clumsy, or relaxed manner flopped into the chair
3 : to change or turn suddenly
4 : to go to bed a place to flop at night
5 : to fail completely the play flopped

transitive verb

: to move or drop heavily or noisily : cause to flop flopped the bundles down



Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 4)

: right, squarely fell flop on my face


noun (1)

Definition of flop (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or sound of flopping
2 : a complete failure the movie was a flop
3 slang : a place to sleep especially : flophouse
4 : dung cow flop also : a piece of dung


noun (2)
plural flops

Definition of flop (Entry 4 of 4)

: a unit of measure for calculating the speed of a computer equal to one floating-point operation per second Supplied by IBM, with a billion flops (floating point operations per second) and a capacity to expand to 60 billion flops with the addition of other processors and memory, it will be among the 10 most sophisticated computers in the world.— Eleanor Wilson usually used in combination gigaflopA GPU [=graphics processing unit] can deliver hundreds of billions of operations per second—some GPUs more than a teraflop, or a trillion operations per second—while requiring only slightly more electrical power and cooling than a CPU.— Andrea Di Blas et al.

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Other Words from flop


flopper noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flop

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of flop in a Sentence

Verb He flopped down onto the bed. She flopped into the chair with a sigh. All of their attempts have flopped miserably. The curtains were flopping around in the breeze. Noun (1) The movie was a total flop. It fell to the ground with a flop.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For all the hype that box-cats command, scientists still don’t fully understand why felines both big and small so fervidly flop their keisters into anything and everything. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Everyone Loves a Cat in a Box," 12 May 2021 There’s an excellent chance at least one of them will flop, despite being so highly regarded. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Beware, 49ers: The iffy odds Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields pan out as top draft picks," 27 Apr. 2021 Some stocks do very well when rates north higher, others flop. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, "Rising Rates Are Great For The Stock Market—Except For These Stocks," 4 Mar. 2021 Kids can flip, flop and prod the Nugget, from a sofa to bed to fort without help from mom or dad. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, "Can the Nugget Couch Really Keep Quarantined Kids Entertained?," 20 Jan. 2021 Weirdly enough, there’s a good chance those teams flop seeding in the coming weeks. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL power rankings: Putting Detroit Lions aside, playoff races will be quite entertaining," 25 Nov. 2020 But some observers fear such mandates could flop if they aren’t coupled with clear persuasive messaging and overt support from governors. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "With inauguration 10 weeks away, Biden’s pandemic plans face agonizing wait," 9 Nov. 2020 Drill holes in the sides of the pumpkin using a bit that is the same diameter or slightly smaller than the legs so that they can be pushed in and won’t flop. oregonlive, "Make these spooky Halloween spiders without spending a fortune: The Pecks," 20 Oct. 2020 The mesh keeps you cool, the arms don't flop about, and the lumbar support automatically adjusts to your position. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The 28 Best Prime Day Deals if You Work From Home," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The one big carbon capture project the state tried was a flop. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Clock’s running out on climate change. California says it’s time for giant carbon vacuums," 19 Apr. 2021 Dodge tried bringing back a small car about a decade ago: the Dodge Dart compact sedan, which turned out to be a flop, in large part due to uninspired design and engineering. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Could these long-gone vehicles make a comeback? Chevrolet, Cadillac, Dodge classic cars offer opportunity," 18 Mar. 2021 Great idea, but the vacuous execution was a flop with the public, for all kinds of reasons. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 29 Jan. 2021 As deities go, Los Dioses is Loki, smart, sharp, resourceful, and funny, with a notable flop for every success. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Anuel AA and Ozuna Are Better Off Building Separate Empires," 25 Jan. 2021 But the mission module program has been a flop, producing few, if any, working modules and leaving the ships under-armed and under-equipped. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Littoral Combat Ships Are a Slow, Broken Mess," 21 Jan. 2021 Issuers were not deterred by the flop of one of London’s highest-profile IPOs in years last month when meal delivery firm Deliveroo’s shares slumped by up to 30% on the first day of trading from its initial valuation of $10.5 billion. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "London calling: A wave of U.K. tech IPOs aims to disrupt an under-performing stock market," 15 Apr. 2021 The recent flop of Vine Energy’s initial public offering – the first IPO since Berry Petroleum’s back in 2018 – demonstrates the challenge. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, "Shale Should Withstand Private Equity Pullback," 15 Apr. 2021 The big first baseman finished his one flop of a season with the Red Sox with 3 homers in 298 plate appearances. BostonGlobe.com, "Instant analysis: Opening Day is not necessarily a harbinger of what’s to come for Red Sox," 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of flop


1602, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1728, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flop


alteration of flap entry 2

Noun (2)

floating-point operation

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15 May 2021

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“Flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flop

: to fall, lie, or sit down in a sudden, awkward, or relaxed way
informal : to fail completely
: to swing or move in a loose, awkward, or uncontrolled way


\ ˈfläp How to pronounce flop (audio) \
flopped; flopping

Kids Definition of flop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flap about A fish flopped all over the deck.
2 : to drop or fall limply He flopped into the chair.
3 : fail entry 1 sense 1 The movie flopped.



Kids Definition of flop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or sound of flapping about or falling limply My backpack hit the ground with a flop.
2 : failure sense 1 The show was a flop.

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