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See synonyms for: plopploppedplopping on

verb (used without object),plopped, plop·ping.
  1. to make a sound like that of something falling or dropping into water: A frog plopped into the pond.

  2. to fall with such a sound: Big raindrops plopped against the window.

  1. to drop or fall with full force or direct impact: He plopped into a chair.

verb (used with object),plopped, plop·ping.
  1. to drop or set down heavily: She plopped her books on the desk.

  2. to cause to plop: The fisherman plopped the bait into the river.

  1. a plopping sound or fall.

  2. the act of plopping.

  1. with a plop: The stone fell plop into the water.

Origin of plop

First recorded in 1815–25; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use plop in a sentence

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

  • 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
  • He could hardly control his fingers as the tapes with possible references began plopping down into the slots.

    Star Surgeon | Alan Nourse
  • 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) /

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

verbplops, plopping or plopped
  1. to fall or cause to fall with the sound of a plop: the stone plopped into the water

  1. an exclamation imitative of this sound: to go plop

Origin of plop

C19: imitative of the sound

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