plopped; plopping

intransitive verb

: to fall, drop, or move suddenly with a sound like that of something dropping into water
: to allow the body to drop heavily
usually used with down
plopped down on the couch

transitive verb

: to set, drop, or throw heavily
: to place or set carelessly or hastily
plopped the money into stocks
plop noun

Examples of plop in a Sentence

The stone plopped into the river. An ice cube plopped noisily into the glass. I filled the glass with water and plopped a few ice cubes into it. She plopped onto the couch. They plopped down on the floor. He plopped himself down in the chair. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But many of the stores were eerily empty on a recent weekday, and at one local pizzeria there were so many empty booths that the general manager had plopped himself into one to get some work done. Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 The superstar performer dropped to her knees to give Bryant a huge hug, plopped the hat on the beaming child’s head, gave her another hug and a kiss, then resumed singing and walked to the back of the stage to join her dancers in a kickline. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023 Between plopping and using diffusers, there are tons of products to get your best curls ever. Catharine Malzahn, Good Housekeeping, 24 Aug. 2023 Gently plop one half to one third of the lighter ingredient(s) on top. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 16 Aug. 2023 During this durability test, the chairs were plopped into like a tired camper after a long hike, folded up and dropped from table height, and evaluated based on their longevity. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023 Still, to this day, not every parent feels comfortable plopping their kid down with a tablet and YouTube, and that’s one of the ways some of the original children’s television purveyors continue to thrive. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 18 July 2023 Evan will eventually plop on top of me, and start purring. Josh Ocampo, New York Times, 28 May 2023 Prepare a sheet pan by covering it with parchment and then tracing an 8- or 9-inch round cake pan in the center to give yourself a guide to plop the pavlova meringue. Julia O'Malley, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plop was in 1821

Dictionary Entries Near plop

Cite this Entry

“Plop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


plopped; plopping
: to make or move with a sound like that of something dropping into water
: to set, drop, or throw heavily
plopped myself in a chair
plop noun
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