\ 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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Ever the developer, Furgy plopped a red-striped lighthouse and some trees and bushes on it. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Citrus County: Monkey Island, Homosassa River’s Alcatraz," 6 May 2018 Either some poor editor painstakingly erased Mike from the establishing shots, or some poor editor plopped his Photoshopped spectral form into some random footage. Rebecca Farley,, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 It’s full of big groups of loud people, and the matriarch is always reaching over everyone, plopping a meatball onto her son’s plate. Emily Schultz, Bon Appetit, "My 13 Summers of Red Sauce at Tony’s in Atlantic City," 6 June 2018 Once again he was trotted into the white room and plopped into the oddly comfortable beige chair. Longreads, "Guantánamo, Forever," 1 Mar. 2018 Engine firings will slow its final descent and the spacecraft will plop down on its rigid legs, mimicking the landings of earlier successful missions. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing," 21 Nov. 2018 True visibility isn't just plopping an Asian-American actor into a role written for a white character in a movie about a traditionally white experience. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How "Crazy Rich Asians" Is Making History as a Romantic Comedy," 9 Aug. 2018 Little ones participate in workshops run by architects, musicians, painters, and other local art pros before plopping into beanbag chairs for story time with Jimmy Kimmel, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell and Bill Hader. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 The problems began to bubble up to the surface early last month when a group of dissident women plopped the results of a secret survey of female employees on the desk of Mark Parker, Nike's respected chief executive officer and board chair. Jeff Manning,, "Nike's challenges in #me-too era prompts big media attention," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plop

1821, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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plop down



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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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to gather or build up little by little

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