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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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  • The removal of the floppy and shady old sombrero exposed to the mingled rays of the fire and the moon the man's full features.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • I snatched off my floppy hat and tried hurriedly in the dark to ram it on my other self.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • Peter was a large-minded person; he did not mind that Hilary wore no collar and a floppy tie.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • His expression is as bad as that of Meredith's floppy sickliness.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • You change, and whilst you are tying on the fly you hear a succession of floppy rises below you.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
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
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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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