Origin of plop

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Examples from the Web for plopped

Contemporary Examples of plopped

  • Then he crunched the page, plopped it into an ashtray, lit a cigarette, and immolated the paper with the same match.

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    The Kaffeehaus Canon

    George Prochnik

    December 31, 2010

Historical Examples of plopped

  • Then like a mass of jelly out of its mould I plopped onto my chair.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The Prime Minister managed to get one and plopped into it heavily.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • The fire yawned audibly, and plopped a coal into the stillness.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • Carefully, Shandor plopped the receiver down on its hook, his hands like ice.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • All plopped down on the great sofa in the big salon, like a row of dolls.

British Dictionary definitions for plopped



the characteristic sound made by an object dropping into water without a splash

verb plops, plopping or plopped

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

Word Origin for plop

C19: imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for plopped



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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