- 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 flopped
The answer is that it was not, being instead a series of dissociated gestures that flopped right into a nihilistic void.Miley Cyrus: The Nadir of American Civilization?
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These gambits always made some sense on paper, yet flopped when implemented.Why Did Netanyahu Release Palestinian Prisoners?
August 6, 2013
His right arm was fileted and dislocated, flopped to the side at a funny angle.Remember the Living
May 26, 2013
As vice president, Bush flopped in Iowa in 1988, but recovered and captured the presidency.Many Candidates Are MIA in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses
December 9, 2011
Her shoulder-length blond hair, expertly coiffed and weave-dyed every few weeks, flopped forward.New Clue in Chasen Murder
A. L. Bardach
December 6, 2010
"She seems to have just flopped them about," he said, and he turned to Gilbert.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
One of them flopped into the river and all but capsized the canoe.Lord Jim
Since he flopped over and died, I have reason to believe he was hurt.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
Tony and the other fellow had flopped down, and never stirred to help.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
Whereupon Steve frowned, punched his pillow and flopped over.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
- (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 flopped
1823, in the literal sense, from flop (v.). Figurative use by 1893.
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.