\ 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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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 Mattos took a wedge of gorgonzola dolce—a creamy, relatively-mild cow’s milk blue cheese with a texture almost like soft cream cheese—plopped it in a mixing bowl, and started to mash it up with a spoon. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "This 2-Ingredient Cheese Dip Is the Easiest Thing I’ve Ever Seen a Chef Make," 27 Apr. 2018 Trailing, 3-0, in the match with 15 minutes left to play, the players here on Wednesday night might as well have plopped down onto the grass, gathered around someone’s cellular phone and started following the Germany-South Korea game. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 After a ball plopped into the air, Croizet camped under it, awaiting its descent. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Yohan Croizet lifts Sporting KC to Open Cup win with last-minute strike from distance," 16 June 2018 But to Lesnek, the rock's smooth surface and rounded edges were clues to its ancient past: It had been plopped onto the landscape thousands of years earlier by giant glaciers. Anchorage Daily News, "Boulder-size clues to how humans settled the Americas turn up in Southeast Alaska," 1 June 2018 Russians would fit right in here with their love for plopping on their couches to consume hours of TV every day. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Why American Soccer Fans Should Root for... Russia?," 12 June 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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