Origin of plop

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Contemporary Examples of plopping

  • He sat down, smiled, and surprised the group by plopping two packs of Winston Reds on the table and lighting a cigarette.

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Historical Examples of plopping

  • This is boiling and plopping (I coin this word) like mush in huge pots, or thick soap in mighty caldrons.

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    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.


    T.S. Stribling

  • Quite a good lot of bullets were plopping into the water, so the Commodore ordered the Colne to lie further out.

British Dictionary definitions for plopping



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 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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