Definition of plop in English:



  • A short sound as of a small, solid object dropping into water without a splash.

    ‘the stone fell into the water with a soft plop’
    • ‘A piece of crème brûlée dropped off my fork onto the plate with a plop.’
    • ‘It was an almost sleepless night for him, watching the cold flickering of the stars beyond the screen of thin leaves, often starting at plops and splashing sounds from the stream.’
    • ‘Next morning the trout were jumping, little plops on the surface of the almost still pools, unfortunately there was no evidence of native fish.’
    • ‘Best of all, the gardens are so empty of tourists in winter that you'll hear the wind in the trees and the plop of water in the fountains.’
    • ‘A tear rolled down my cheek and landed with a soft plop on the cover of a dark blue book.’
    • ‘They bob up for air by the hundreds, each with a quick gulp - nose and eyes above the opaque water - then a plop back under.’
    • ‘It landed with a small plop in the water.’
    • ‘The room had no windows, and she wasn't sure where she was but she could hear the faint plops of water dripping.’
    • ‘In the night, when I walk through the atrium, I hear a plop in the water.’
    • ‘The fly lands with a soft plop hardly breaking the water surface.’
    • ‘I felt a drop of water land on the tip of my nose with a plop, mingling with the dirty sweat already on my face.’
    • ‘They watched the rain plop and splash into already-formed puddles, and smiled at people grimacing and holding magazines over their heads as they staggered about in the rain.’
    • ‘Wherever you look, fish are jumping out of the placid water, landing with audible plips and plops, while ospreys swoop down to pluck up dinner.’
    • ‘All she could hear was the steady plop of water dripping from the shower curtain and the faint buzz light-bulbs in the background.’
    • ‘I shot the line, the fly landed with a slight plop, hardly breaking the water surface.’
    • ‘Brown pelicans dive into glistening sapphire waves to grab tiny silvery fish that jump from the water then fall back with a soft plop.’
    • ‘He cast his line out into the water, landing it with a small plop.’
    • ‘Dark clouds loomed over the lake, and the first drops of rain hit with fat plops on the slick surface.’
    • ‘It fell into the water with a small plop, but soon rose to the surface.’
    • ‘With a huff, he did as she said, sitting with a soft plop back onto the grass next to her.’


  • 1Fall or cause to fall with a plop.

    [no object] ‘the stone plopped into the pond’
    [with object] ‘she plopped a sugar cube into the cup’
    • ‘Nicole slid into the seat, plopping her plastic bag containing her now soaked jacket onto the floor board.’
    • ‘A small drip of blood fell silently to the ground before plopping on the white carpet, making a small stain.’
    • ‘He is acting strange, she thought plopping one of the cherries into her mouth, watching him closely.’
    • ‘Big wet tears slipped down my cheeks and plopped onto the balsamic glazed vegetables.’
    • ‘A strategic bucket was stopping the drips of water plopping on their heads.’
    • ‘Also I note the vast diversity of the acorns which are plopping to the ground all over the place.’
    • ‘He starts across, stepping on stones, but mostly plopping in the water.’
    • ‘They accumulate slowly, a few at a time plopping into an aluminum bucket.’
    • ‘Alexis reached toward her; blood dripping and plopping gently into the water.’
    • ‘Various creatures plopped and splashed in the water.’
    • ‘As I gnawed at the greasy meat the lettuce and mayo slid out of the bun, plopping into the paper cone.’
    • ‘I whined wiping a few stray tears from my eyes and plopping my spoon down into the carton as I watched Ace walk around my room.’
    drop, dribble, trickle, drizzle, run, splash, sprinkle, plop, fall in drops
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    1. 1.1Sit or lie down gently but clumsily.
      ‘he plopped himself down on the nearest chair’
      • ‘Vincent shrugged sluggishly before plopping back down on the leather sofa.’
      • ‘Listen real close, you can almost hear the reluctant focus groups plopping down in their rented folding chairs.’
      • ‘I clamber in the car and he, now used to doing so, puts the wheelchair in the back before plopping into the driver's seat.’
      • ‘On this special day, Ethan plopped on the floor by his father's chair and intensely perused a pile of magazines.’
      • ‘He sighed, walking over to the couch and plopping himself down.’
      • ‘I groan and grab a cola from the nearly empty fridge before plopping myself down on the couch.’
      • ‘Sam nodded, and set his things down at his desk, plopping down in the chair.’
      • ‘Rocky stared at me hard for a second, before plopping himself on one of those plush couches and beginning to read.’
      • ‘I saw a man walking back and forth, and then plopping down on his bed.’
      • ‘Dropping his briefcase and keys by the door, he bolted for the phone and grabbed it while plopping down in the nearest chair.’
      • ‘She makes her way to the driver's side of her car, pulling open the door and plopping herself on the leather seat.’
      • ‘I reach over and pick up the phone, setting down the book that I had picked up before plopping into bed.’
      • ‘To further my point I plopped myself down on the nearest seat and glared at him as if to silently dare him to move me.’
      • ‘I quickly washed my hands in the bathroom before plopping down onto my bed, exhausted and still hungry.’
      • ‘She dragged herself to the living room plopping down in the plush loveseat.’
      • ‘Theodore had moved all his utensils and books, plopping himself besides me.’
      • ‘Both girls plopped themselves down into empty seats next to Ray.’
      • ‘Jordan exclaimed plopping exhausted into a chair in the living room.’
      • ‘He sighed dramatically before plopping himself between two fluffy pillows.’
      • ‘He opened the car door and plopped himself down in the front seat.’
      sit down, sit, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down
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Early 19th century: imitative.