\ 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 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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China, meanwhile, plopped its Chang’e 4 lander down on the far side of the Moon in January and hopes to build a base there within 10 years, according to the Washington Post. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "India Loses Contact With Lander On Final Descent," 6 Sep. 2019 At one point, Garrett swiped a white Cowboy hat from one of the crew members and plopped it on. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Myles Garrett on posing for ESPN’s Body Issue, beating Aaron Donald for NFL DPOY and more," 6 Sep. 2019 Ellingsen was examining ring waves, the type of concentric circles created when a rock is plopped into the middle a calm pond. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How One Physicist Solved a 127-Year-Old Wave Riddle," 21 Aug. 2019 That fact lands with a thud in the form of Spider-Man: Far from Home, which plops into theaters on Tuesday, July 2. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 1 July 2019 But this time, his ire was directed at Max Muncy, for the crime of apparently spending too long watching a homer that majestically plopped into the San Francisco Bay. Jon Tayler,, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 You and your friends fling yourself into some patio chairs, plop down your drinks and—THOOOOIIIIING—chaos ensues. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "This 20-Cent Wedge of Plastic Will Make You a Restaurant Hero," 26 Aug. 2019 But that exhilaration just doesn't quite compare to walking upon a serene green and realizing with one swing of your club, a tiny ball has plopped into the cup -- on a 239-yard par 4. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Albatross! Butler grad makes par 4 hole-in-one at Indy golf course," 16 Aug. 2019 Others still plopped him into Ocean City bars and restaurants, and aboard the slingshot ride on the Jolly Roger amusement park’s boardwalk pier. Christine Condon,, "Photoshopped Michael Jordan sightings in Ocean City pepper social media as White Marlin Open continues," 7 Aug. 2019

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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 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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