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[flop-ee] /ˈflɒp i/
adjective, floppier, floppiest.
tending to flop.
noun, plural floppies.
Origin of floppy
First recorded in 1855-60; flop + -y1
Related forms
floppily, adverb
floppiness, noun Unabridged
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  • I snatched off my floppy hat and tried hurriedly in the dark to ram it on my other self.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • His expression is as bad as that of Meredith's floppy sickliness.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • He completed his costume by donning a black hat that was of wool, and floppy.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • Of course, Betty was equally ignorant of why she was made to pose with a floppy bow around her neck, tied to an annoying rock.

    The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis
  • "We are ready," said Nancy, tying the white ribbons of a floppy straw hat under Anne-Marie's chin.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
British Dictionary definitions for floppy


adjective -pier, -piest
limp or hanging loosely: a dog with floppy ears
noun (pl) -pies
short for floppy disk
Derived Forms
floppily, adverb
floppiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for floppy

1858, from flop + -y (2). Floppy disc attested from 1972 (short form floppy by 1974).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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