flop

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verb (used without object), flopped, flop·ping.

verb (used with object), flopped, flop·ping.

noun


Origin of flop

1595–1605; 1890–95 for def 11; variant of flap
Related formsflop·per, noun

Synonyms for flop

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Examples from the Web for flopper

Historical Examples of flopper

  • The Flopper tucked the clipping into the mysterious recess of his shirt.

    The Miracle Man

    Frank L. Packard

  • He looked first at the money, then at the Flopper—and a tinge of red dyed his cheek.

    The Miracle Man

    Frank L. Packard

  • The Flopper turned at the door and came back a few steps into the room.

    The Miracle Man

    Frank L. Packard

  • "T'ank you, mum," mumbled the Flopper, as the money dropped into his hat.

    The Miracle Man

    Frank L. Packard

  • "Me mouth's waterin'," observed the Flopper, licking his lips again.

    The Miracle Man

    Frank L. Packard


British Dictionary definitions for flopper

flop

verb flops, flopping or flopped

(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

noun

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 for flop

C17: variant of flap
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Word Origin and History for flopper

flop

n.

1823, in the literal sense, from flop (v.). Figurative use by 1893.

flop

v.

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.

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