What does flop mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. floating-point operation, flopnoun

    an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers

    "this computer can perform a million flops per second"

  2. flop, dud, washoutnoun

    someone who is unsuccessful

  3. flop, bust, fizzlenoun

    a complete failure

    "the play was a dismal flop"

  4. flop, collapseverb

    the act of throwing yourself down

    "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

  5. flopverb

    fall loosely

    "He flopped into a chair"

  6. flopverb

    fall suddenly and abruptly

  7. fall through, fall flat, founder, flopadverb

    fail utterly; collapse

    "The project foundered"

  8. flopadverb

    with a flopping sound

    "he tumbled flop into the mud"

  9. right, flopadverb


    "he fell flop on his face"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Flopverb

    To clap the wings with noise; to play with any noisy motion of a broad body.

    Etymology: from flap.

    A blackbird was frighted almost to death with a huge flopping kite that she saw over her head. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. FLOP

    In computing, floating point operations per second (FLOPS, flops or flop/s) is a measure of computer performance, useful in fields of scientific computations that require floating-point calculations. For such cases, it is a more accurate measure than measuring instructions per second.


  1. flop

    A 'flop' in general terms refers to a failure or something that doesn't achieve its intended purpose, performs poorly, or is unsuccessful. This term can be used to describe various situations such as the failure of a product, project, film, performance, or investment. For instance, in the film industry, a movie that does not do well at the box office could be considered a 'flop'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flopverb

    to clap or strike, as a bird its wings, a fish its tail, etc.; to flap

  2. Flopverb

    to turn suddenly, as something broad and flat

  3. Flopverb

    to strike about with something broad abd flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; as, the brim of a hat flops

  4. Flopverb

    to fall, sink, or throw one's self, heavily, clumsily, and unexpectedly on the ground

  5. Flopnoun

    act of flopping

  6. Etymology: [A variant of flap.]


  1. Flop

    Flop was an early-1990s pop punk band from Seattle, Washington. The band formed in 1990, released recordings on the Frontier and Sony 550 record labels, and made a brief appearance in Doug Pray's motion picture documentary Hype!.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flop

    flop, v.t. to cause to hang down.—v.i. to plump down suddenly: to break down.—n. a fall plump on the ground.—adv. Flop′pily.—n. Flop′piness.—adj. Flop′py. [A form of flap.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. flopinterjection

    a falliure, something planned to be big but totaly failed. Your bitchass crew aint shit, but a flop -- Underground G's (Jay-X VS. The Bloods)

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  2. FLOP

    What does FLOP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the FLOP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flop in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of flop in a Sentence

  1. Joan Baez:

    The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.

  2. Jeff Bechdel:

    She will soon have to decide whether she will continue standing with the sitting Democratic president on trade, or whether she will flip flop and join the union activists who are vehemently opposed to this bipartisan deal.

  3. Scott Kennedy:

    I think really American-China policy is only unified with a single person in the White House, it's unpredictable. It can flip-flop. I don't think American policy has finally settled in one place where we have decided to treat Communist China as an enemy across the board.

  4. Kailey Gray:

    A lot of young people are turned off by politicians because they don't exactly tell the truth all the time and flip flop around the issues, you can just kind of tell when someone isn't sincere, but Bernie's been saying the same thing for decades and he doesn't sway on the issues. He really knows what's right and sticks to what he believes in even if it's not the most popular.

  5. David Poland:

    What was a lock (for Oscar success) before, feels less so now, if there is a relentless flop conversation about the movie in coming weeks, it will hurt more and more in terms of awards season because people don't really give awards to flops.

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Translations for flop

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  • بالتخبطArabic
  • просвам се, провалBulgarian
  • propadnout, zhroutitCzech
  • versagen, hinplumpsen, Flop, Misserfolg, plumpsenGerman
  • πτώσηGreek
  • desplomarse, fracasarSpanish
  • floppi, romahtaa, lysähtää, lyyhistyä, läjä, läsähtää, flopataFinnish
  • bide, faire un flop, faire un bide, flop, être un fiasco, s'effondrer, four, fiasco, faire un fourFrench
  • mancare il traguardo, fare un buco nell'acqua, sacco di letame, insuccesso, fallimento, fare fiasco, fallire, crollare, fiasco, sacco di merdaItalian
  • neervallen, drol, floppen, sisser, mislukking, afgaan, instorten, sof, afgang, neerploffen, fiasco, neerzijgen, inzakkenDutch
  • klapa, niewypałPolish
  • fracassoPortuguese
  • неудача, плюхнуться, фиаско, плюхаться, провал, потерпеть неудачу, провалитьсяRussian
  • fiasko, floppSwedish
  • 翻牌Chinese

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    lacking orderly continuity
    A transparent
    B squashy
    C blistering
    D disjointed

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