\ 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 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 Brown said, raising her hand with excitement and promptly plopping one of the candies—which resembles a piece of coal—in her mouth. Hannah Chubb,, "The Extremely Sour Candy Hannah Brown Ate on The Bachelorette Is Available Online," 13 June 2019 There was an unbelievable amount of blood that just plopped right out of me. Kristin Toussaint, Teen Vogue, "Why Miscarriages Should Be in All Sex Ed Lesson Plans," 18 Apr. 2019 An elaborate display of pink and green blooms (with feathers plopped throughout) lined the entirety of the center of the table, brightening the moody room. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Attico Hosts a Feather-Filled Dinner in New York," 8 Feb. 2019 The alligator scales the fence with ease, plopping itself down on the other side. Ricky Pinela,, "Florida alligator doesn’t care about your fence: video," 19 Aug. 2019 Cormier picked up Miocic, plopped him on his back like a bag of cement mix, stood for several seconds and looked to the heavens, then slammed Miocic on his back. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241: Stipe Miocic knocks out Daniel Cormier to regain heavyweight belt," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of plop

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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15 Nov 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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