Origin of plop

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative
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Example sentences from the Web for plop

  • 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|Mike Giglio|August 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • The old crone puffed up again at this unexpected flare, and went out of the room, plopping her feet on floor and mumbling.

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plop

/ (plɒp) /


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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