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The Definition of - flop (verb)

    verb (used without object), flopped, flopping.
    to fall or plump down suddenly, especially with noise; drop or turn with a sudden bump or thud (sometimes followed by down):
    The puppy flopped down on the couch.
    to change suddenly, as from one side or party to another (often followed by over).
    to be a complete failure; fail:
    The play flopped dismally.
    Informal. to sleep or be lodged:
    to flop at a friend's house.
    to swing loosely; bounce; flap:
    His long hair flops in his eyes when he runs.
    verb (used with object), flopped, flopping.
    to drop with a sudden bump or thud:
    He flopped his books on a chair.
    to dispose (oneself) in a heavily negligent manner:
    to flop oneself in a chair.
    to invert (the negative of a photograph) so that the right and left sides are transposed.
    an act of flopping.
    the sound of flopping; a thud.
    a failure:
    The new comedy was a flop.
    Informal. a place to sleep; temporary lodging:
    The mission offered a flop and a free breakfast.

Word Example of - flop

    Example Sentences for flop

    Sim could not swim, and he began to flop about in the wildest and most unreasonable manner.

    I can't think why you flop about so helplessly, like a bit of seaweed.

    She held forth her right hand—full unwillingly, as I saw—and something rustled down her gown and dropped with a flop at her feet.

    I remember now; you started as an ultra-Calvinist, and came over with a flop.

    He would turn those big cakes by tossing them out of the pan in the air, you know, and catch them after the flop.

    It was because as a manager of his financial affairs Dorothy was a flop.

    I was so afraid I'd forget and flop down on them, or misplace something, that I came in here to read awhile.

    Harry was the victor, and his opponent came to bank with a bound and flop.

    Your flop in the bed sounded as though you were a real mermaid!

    He tried to flop over, as he could so easily do when sleeping on his wolf-skins in the cave.

Word Origin & History of - flop

    Word Origin & History

    flop c.1600, probably a variant of flap with a duller, heavier sound. Sense of "fall or drop heavily" is 1836, that of "collapse, fail" is 1919; though the figurative noun sense of "a failure" is recorded from 1893. The noun in the literal sense is from 1823.

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