\ 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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plop noun

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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 But podcast merchandise operates as a standalone phenomenon that sees listeners plop down $30 just for a T-shirt or $60 for a hoodie. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "From ‘Throwing Fits’ to ‘Crime Junkie,’ Podcast Merch Has Become Big Business," 4 Jan. 2021 The Zoom features gives the devices a new lease on life, as parents with students can plop a display in their room, not have to worry about setup, and let their hands be more free for taking notes on their laptops. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Zoom comes to Google Nest Hub Max finally," 14 Dec. 2020 Many discovered their natural hair textures, sweeping in a new generation of the curly-hair community who learned how to plop, clap, pray, and every other styling technique between. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "These Were the Top Beauty Searches on Google in 2020," 9 Dec. 2020 When the tiny white ball would plop in, the sound was a glorious, clanky rattle. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Mickey Powell, who brought PGA Championship to Carmel, built Golf Club of Indiana, dies," 9 Nov. 2020 Once appearing in the coffee shop, others may recognize you and say hello with a chat message or even plop down in the next seat, their presence announced with a gentle knock. Star Tribune, "Virtual conference Remo relies on good old-fashioned art of storytelling," 24 Oct. 2020 The clients invited him to plop down at a card table in an empty field. Matthew Millman, House Beautiful, "This Sonoma Home Is Swathed in Warm Woods and Sunlight," 15 Oct. 2020 Finally, be sure to pick a relatively flat spot to plop the Kickback down; the long back feet could lead to some wobbling on uneven or gravely ground. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camp Chairs, From the Super Portable to the Exceptionally Comfortable," 17 June 2020 So, why the company decided to plop down its latest facility in Oxnard is a mystery. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen Taos Previews an Important New Engine for VW," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of plop

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

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“Plop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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