- 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.
- 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.
Origin of flop
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Examples from the Web for flop
Earlier, a two-headed dragon in the Ron Howard flop Willow was known, at least around the set, as the “Ebersisk.”
Not surprisingly, the per diem proposal has been a flop since Moran floated it a few weeks ago.These Guys Need a Raise?
April 10, 2014
Smith is pale and gangly, sporting a flop of dirty blond hair and a strikingly deep voice.War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines
November 2, 2013
“To call that a flip or a flop would be charitable,” Verma said.Fecklessness Vs. Flip-Flop
October 10, 2012
The superstar comedian’s latest, ‘A Thousand Words,' is set to flop, and his career has gone ice cold.Eddie Murphy’s Career-Killing New Movie
March 9, 2012
It was because as a manager of his financial affairs Dorothy was a flop.The Odyssey of Sam Meecham
Charles E. Fritch
She looks at it once, and begins to flop her arms and take on again.Shorty McCabe
But somehow, Mrs. Bob continued to flop the broken wing, and to elude them.Plantation Sketches
At this he spread out his arms and dropped them with a flop upon his knees.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Sim could not swim, and he began to flop about in the wildest and most unreasonable manner.Down The River
- (intr) to bend, fall, or collapse loosely or carelesslyhis head flopped backwards
- (when intr, often foll by into, onto, etc) to fall, cause to fall, or move with a sudden noisethe books flopped onto the floor
- (intr) informal to fail; be unsuccessfulthe scheme flopped
- (intr) to fall flat onto the surface of water, hitting it with the front of the body
- (intr often foll by out) slang to go to sleep
- the act of flopping
- informal a complete failure
- US and Canadian slang a place to sleep
- athletics See Fosbury flop
- the flop poker the first three community cards dealt face-up in a round of any of several varieties of poker, including Texas hold 'em
Word Origin and History for 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. Related: Flopped; flopping.
1823, in the literal sense, from flop (v.). Figurative use by 1893.