Definition of glop in US English:



  • 1A sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant.

    ‘the snow was sun-softened glop’
    • ‘Tommy was looking for glop, or slime, or something disgusting that makes a huge mess, and his mother seemed fine with that.’
    • ‘White went to the buffet counter and served himself some of the grey glop in one of the vats.’
    • ‘The dinner glop that served as stew brought him a bit lower, but his day was highlighted when he found a letter on his bunk that evening.’
    • ‘People know the difference between cotton and silk; between institutional glop and gourmet meals.’
    • ‘I stabbed at my plate of cafeteria glop unenthusiastically.’
    • ‘We all took a bite and no one wanted to say how awful the glop had turned out.’
    • ‘An unforeseen and ill-timed coughing incident means a huge great glop of red wine leaves your glass and lands on the sofa cushions.’
    • ‘Suppressing many other urges, the wounded captain actually took hold of the shot glass in front of her, gazing down at the glop inside.’
    • ‘I have more hair glop in my hair then I am sure she has used in her life time, just to give my hair the natural up do look, with my long ringlets spilling down my back.’
    • ‘I had been holding onto the counter but hadn't seen the big glop of chocolate sauce.’
    • ‘I think I scraped it all outta my hair, and I got the grotesque green glop off my chin.’
    • ‘Finally, he was satisfied with his work and pulled his hand gently out, coated in green glop and various internal juices.’
    • ‘This glop went into a Pyrex dish and into the oven and appeared in tandem with holidays and caskets.’
    • ‘The sun reflected off the snow will burn through even thick layers of glop.’
    • ‘Tara takes another look at the glop, shakes her head fondly, and turns off the heat’
    • ‘All three versions combine the joy of dry, splintery pastry with the joy of chewy, indigestible glop.’
    • ‘The fat lunch lady behind the counter grunted as she shoveled some glop onto their plates.’
    • ‘The blue glop that they like to call food had just arrived, and everyone was scrambling to get a serving for some strange reason.’
    mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slush, slurry
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    1. 1.1 A soft, shapeless lump of something.
      ‘a glop of creamy dressing’
      • ‘This prevents you from dumping a large glop of seasoning on the food.’
      • ‘It only absorbs so much, and a minimum of drips will prevent random glops of dye all over the hair.’
      • ‘It's okay to be messy - glops of glue only make it more realistic.’
      • ‘Having many more glutamines makes the binding stronger, and the cell's cytoplasm is afflicted with a gluey glop that leads to accumulating cell damage.’
      • ‘He broke the surface up into a diagonal grid that he then filled with values of gray, black and white, using large glops of paint.’
      • ‘He began to coat my head with it, smushing it on in huge glops.’
      • ‘My favorite part is the glops of caramel you suck up in the straw.’
      • ‘Glancing around as though someone were watching, I pulled a small jar of peanut butter from the back of a cupboard, and a spoon, taking a large glop of the stuff and stuffing it into my mouth.’
      • ‘It starts off as a malleable glop, neither too stiff nor too liquid, which can be shaped in a mold, where it hardens.’
      • ‘It's easy to make a mess of zabaglione and turn it into a heavy glop, but this was as light as a feather - and perfect.’
      • ‘I think a bigger factor in high salaries is what I call the Corruption Principle: those in charge of a large glop of wealth are going to take a chunk of it one way or another.’
      • ‘It helped to keep a paper towel under their hand so it wouldn't smudge where their hand rested, and to clean up any glops of pastel that stayed on the drawing.’
      • ‘Leon looked down at the table and took a big glop of his drink.’
      • ‘I pull myself out the seat and push the door open, making a face; the rain turned from huge glops to smaller, heaving it down worse than ever.’
    2. 1.2 Worthless or overly sentimental writing, music, or other material.
      ‘commercialized glop, not worth thinking about’
      • ‘Generally, the worst thing you can say about a movie like this is that it's cloying sentimental glop.’
      • ‘Who had to read that soporific glop in high school?’
      • ‘It's melodic, but even on a deep, meditative level, I feel this song is more glop than substance.’


1940s: symbolic (see gloop).