\ˈpläp \
plopped; plopping

Definition of plop 

intransitive verb

1 : to fall, drop, or move suddenly with a sound like that of something dropping into water

2 : to allow the body to drop heavily usually used with down plopped down on the couch

transitive verb

1 : to set, drop, or throw heavily

2 : to place or set carelessly or hastily plopped the money into stocks

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Other Words from plop

plop noun

Synonyms for plop


flop, flump, plank, plump, plunk (or plonk)

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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.
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The problems began to bubble up to the surface early last month when a group of dissident women plopped the results of a secret survey of female employees on the desk of Mark Parker, Nike's respected chief executive officer and board chair. Jeff Manning,, "Nike's challenges in #me-too era prompts big media attention," 28 Apr. 2018 That increase in visitors could create 84 to 107 new jobs and plop between $2.7 million and $3.3 million in extra local labor income into the area. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico," 3 July 2018 On a flight from San Francisco, the guy in the row in front of us slipped off his flip-flops and plopped his bare feet up on a partition, perfect position for the rest of us to get a good whiff. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Buckle up! Air travel has become turbulent in more ways than one," 18 June 2018 As the scene closes, Shawn laughs maniacally as another issue of The New Yorker plops onto the 3-foot pile. John Warner,, "Got a bad case of tsundoku? Don't let it get you down.," 28 Mar. 2018 On the 1st hole, a gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket iron plops down in the second cut. Jack Mccallum,, "The President Is Golfing," 27 June 2018 If your wine is too warm, plop the bottle into an ice bath, and try again. Michael Austin,, "For the Fourth, drink American: Syrah, pinot, grenache and a vineyard full of other U.S. wines," 28 June 2018 More on Pistons: Pistons seeking young, rising execs: Malik Rose fits the bill Dallas owner, Mark Cuban, for example, plops himself courtside religiously, and his Mavericks won 24 games last year. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Tom Gores, no show or not, must nail Dwane Casey pick," 21 June 2018 Yet the quest for comfort — for softness and sameness, for friendliness and familiarity, for a place to plop down and relax in peace — seems perfectly natural and fundamentally American. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of plop

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of plop

: to fall, drop, or move with a sound like something dropping into liquid

: to drop (something) into a liquid so that it makes a splashing sound

: to sit or lie down in a heavy or careless way : to allow your body to drop heavily or carelessly


\ˈpläp \
plopped; plopping

Kids Definition of plop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move with or make a sound like that of something dropping into water Ice cubes plopped into the glass.

2 : to sit or lie down heavily She plopped into her chair.

3 : to place or drop heavily He plopped the tray down.



Kids Definition of plop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sound like something dropping into water

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