Definition of plop in US English:

plop

noun

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

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

  • 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’
    • ‘Various creatures plopped and splashed in the water.’
    • ‘A small drip of blood fell silently to the ground before plopping on the white carpet, making a small stain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alexis reached toward her; blood dripping and plopping gently into the water.’
    • ‘He starts across, stepping on stones, but mostly plopping in the water.’
    • ‘Big wet tears slipped down my cheeks and plopped onto the balsamic glazed vegetables.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also I note the vast diversity of the acorns which are plopping to the ground all over the place.’
    • ‘A strategic bucket was stopping the drips of water plopping on their heads.’
    • ‘They accumulate slowly, a few at a time plopping into an aluminum bucket.’
    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’
      • ‘He sighed dramatically before plopping himself between two fluffy pillows.’
      • ‘Sam nodded, and set his things down at his desk, plopping down in the chair.’
      • ‘I groan and grab a cola from the nearly empty fridge before plopping myself down on the couch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She makes her way to the driver's side of her car, pulling open the door and plopping herself on the leather seat.’
      • ‘He opened the car door and plopped himself down in the front seat.’
      • ‘I reach over and pick up the phone, setting down the book that I had picked up before plopping into bed.’
      • ‘I saw a man walking back and forth, and then plopping down on his bed.’
      • ‘Jordan exclaimed plopping exhausted into a chair in the living room.’
      • ‘Both girls plopped themselves down into empty seats next to Ray.’
      • ‘Listen real close, you can almost hear the reluctant focus groups plopping down in their rented folding chairs.’
      • ‘I quickly washed my hands in the bathroom before plopping down onto my bed, exhausted and still hungry.’
      • ‘Theodore had moved all his utensils and books, plopping himself besides me.’
      • ‘He sighed, walking over to the couch and plopping himself down.’
      • ‘Vincent shrugged sluggishly before plopping back down on the leather sofa.’
      • ‘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 clamber in the car and he, now used to doing so, puts the wheelchair in the back before plopping into the driver's seat.’
      • ‘Rocky stared at me hard for a second, before plopping himself on one of those plush couches and beginning to read.’
      • ‘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

/plɑp//pläp/