\ ˈpläp How to pronounce plop (audio) \
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 downplopped 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday afternoon, a football game on the widescreen TV in a spacious main room was switched off so everyone could plop down on the red cushions. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system," 10 Nov. 2019 Google has plopped a 16-megapixel telephoto lens alongside the more familiar 12-megapixel wide angle lens. Wired, "How to Pick the Right Pixel 4 and Where to Preorder It," 17 Oct. 2019 Most adventure games at the time plopped the player into a dungeon to wander around, aimlessly unlocking doors and fighting monsters. Matt Jancer, Smithsonian, "How a Generation Became Obsessed With Tracking Down Carmen Sandiego," 15 Oct. 2019 As MacKinnon plopped down at his locker, removing his practice gear, he was surrounded by hockey speed that can kill and talent Colorado has not enjoyed since Joe Sakic was skating instead of sitting in the team’s front office. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Nathan MacKinnon declares Avs’ time to win big is now: “You’ve got to know you’re good to be good. And we’ve got that swag.”," 9 Oct. 2019 The iconic producer just plopped 15 electronic rinses of his where's the drop? orchestral album, featuring re-imaginings of already-popular deadmau5 hits from mau5trap favorites Spencer Brown, No Mana, Rinzen, Mr. Bill, Mad Zach and more. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Gesaffelstein, Deadmau5, Nocturnal Sunshine & More," 4 Oct. 2019 Paul Millsap saw Jokic sitting by himself on the bench and plopped a seat cushion in the chair to his left. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets survive long, strange trip as Nikola Jokic snaps out of funk, Jamal Murray finds his voice," 2 Nov. 2019 After all, burial at sea has always been a respectful way to put sailors and explorers to rest, plopped over the side of the ship into the waves below. Caitlin Doughty, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens If an Astronaut Dies in Space?," 18 Sep. 2019 Why go: Take a long walk in the soft sand, swim in the Caribbean-like waters or plop your beach chair in the sand and don't move. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Move over, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay. Here are 10 must-see beaches on Oahu," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of plop

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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29 Nov 2019

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“Plop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce plop (audio) \
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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