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floppy

[flop-ee]
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adjective, flop·pi·er, flop·pi·est.
  1. tending to flop.
noun, plural flop·pies.
  1. floppy disk.

Origin of floppy

First recorded in 1855–60; flop + -y1
Related formsflop·pi·ly, adverbflop·pi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for floppy

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Historical Examples

  • 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

floppy

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. limp or hanging looselya dog with floppy ears
noun plural -pies
  1. short for floppy disk
Derived Formsfloppily, adverbfloppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for floppy

adj.

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

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