Definition of plop in English:

plop

nounPlural plops

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He cast his line out into the water, landing it with a small plop.’
    • ‘It fell into the water with a small plop, but soon rose to the surface.’
    • ‘Next morning the trout were jumping, little plops on the surface of the almost still pools, unfortunately there was no evidence of native fish.’
    • ‘A piece of crème brûlée dropped off my fork onto the plate with a plop.’
    • ‘In the night, when I walk through the atrium, I hear a plop in the water.’
    • ‘It landed with a small plop in the water.’
    • ‘I shot the line, the fly landed with a slight plop, hardly breaking the water surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brown pelicans dive into glistening sapphire waves to grab tiny silvery fish that jump from the water then fall back with a soft plop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dark clouds loomed over the lake, and the first drops of rain hit with fat plops on the slick surface.’
    • ‘The fly lands with a soft plop hardly breaking the water surface.’
    • ‘All she could hear was the steady plop of water dripping from the shower curtain and the faint buzz light-bulbs in the background.’
    • ‘With a huff, he did as she said, sitting with a soft plop back onto the grass next to her.’
    • ‘The room had no windows, and she wasn't sure where she was but she could hear the faint plops of water dripping.’
    drop, dribble, bead, spot, trickle, splash, plop
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verbplopping, plops, plopped

  • 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’
    • ‘A strategic bucket was stopping the drips of water plopping on their heads.’
    • ‘As I gnawed at the greasy meat the lettuce and mayo slid out of the bun, plopping into the paper cone.’
    • ‘A small drip of blood fell silently to the ground before plopping on the white carpet, making a small stain.’
    • ‘Big wet tears slipped down my cheeks and plopped onto the balsamic glazed vegetables.’
    • ‘Alexis reached toward her; blood dripping and plopping gently into the water.’
    • ‘Nicole slid into the seat, plopping her plastic bag containing her now soaked jacket onto the floor board.’
    • ‘He is acting strange, she thought plopping one of the cherries into her mouth, watching him closely.’
    • ‘He starts across, stepping on stones, but mostly plopping in the water.’
    • ‘Also I note the vast diversity of the acorns which are plopping to the ground all over the place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They accumulate slowly, a few at a time plopping into an aluminum bucket.’
    • ‘Various creatures plopped and splashed in the water.’
    drop, dribble, trickle, drizzle, run, splash, sprinkle, plop, fall in drops
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    1. 1.1plop oneself down Sit or lie down gently but clumsily.
      ‘he plopped himself down on the nearest chair’
      • ‘Jordan exclaimed plopping exhausted into a chair in the living room.’
      • ‘He sighed, walking over to the couch and plopping himself down.’
      • ‘He sighed dramatically before plopping himself between two fluffy pillows.’
      • ‘I groan and grab a cola from the nearly empty fridge before plopping myself down on the couch.’
      • ‘Vincent shrugged sluggishly before plopping back down on the leather sofa.’
      • ‘I reach over and pick up the phone, setting down the book that I had picked up before plopping into bed.’
      • ‘Both girls plopped themselves down into empty seats next to Ray.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Listen real close, you can almost hear the reluctant focus groups plopping down in their rented folding chairs.’
      • ‘Dropping his briefcase and keys by the door, he bolted for the phone and grabbed it while plopping down in the nearest chair.’
      • ‘On this special day, Ethan plopped on the floor by his father's chair and intensely perused a pile of magazines.’
      • ‘He opened the car door and plopped himself down in the front seat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She makes her way to the driver's side of her car, pulling open the door and plopping herself on the leather seat.’
      • ‘Theodore had moved all his utensils and books, plopping himself besides me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I saw a man walking back and forth, and then plopping down on his bed.’
      • ‘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.’
      sit down, sit, seat oneself, settle, settle oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down
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Origin

Early 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

plop

/plɒp/