- to make a sound like that of something falling or dropping into water: A frog plopped into the pond.
- to fall with such a sound: Big raindrops plopped against the window.
- to drop or fall with full force or direct impact: He plopped into a chair.
- to drop or set down heavily: She plopped her books on the desk.
- to cause to plop: The fisherman plopped the bait into the river.
- a plopping sound or fall.
- the act of plopping.
- with a plop: The stone fell plop into the water.
Origin of plop
First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Examples from the Web for plopping
He sat down, smiled, and surprised the group by plopping two packs of Winston Reds on the table and lighting a cigarette.Syria’s Islamist Rebels
August 2, 2012
This is boiling and plopping (I coin this word) like mush in huge pots, or thick soap in mighty caldrons.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
The old crone puffed up again at this unexpected flare, and went out of the room, plopping her feet on floor and mumbling.Birthright
Quite a good lot of bullets were plopping into the water, so the Commodore ordered the Colne to lie further out.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I
- the characteristic sound made by an object dropping into water without a splash
- to fall or cause to fall with the sound of a plopthe stone plopped into the water
- an exclamation imitative of this soundto go plop
C19: imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for plopping
1821, imitative of the sound of a smooth object dropping into water. Related: Plopped; plopping. Thackary (mid-19c.) used plap (v.). As a noun from 1833.
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