AskDefine | Define flop

Dictionary Definition



1 an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers; "this computer can perform a million flops per second" [syn: floating-point operation]
2 someone who is unsuccessful [syn: dud, washout]
3 a complete failure; "the play was a dismal flop" [syn: bust]
4 the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop" [syn: collapse] adv
1 with a flopping sound; "he tumbled flop into the mud"
2 exactly; "he fell flop on his face" [syn: right]


1 fall loosely; "He flopped into a chair"
2 fall suddenly and abruptly
3 fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered" [syn: fall through, fall flat, founder] [also: flopping, flopped]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To fall heavily, because lacking energy.
    He flopped down in front of the television as he was exhausted from work.
  2. To fail completely, not to be successful at all (about a movie, play, book, song, etc.).
    The latest album flopped and so the studio canceled her contract.

Derived terms


to fall heavily, because lacking energy
  • German: plumpsen, hinplumpsen
  • Russian: плюхаться , плюхнуться
to fail completely, not to be successful at all
  • German: versagen
  • Russian: провалиться , потерпеть неудачу


  1. An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
  2. A failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
  3. A communal sequence of cards in a poker game.
    • 1996: John Patrick, John Patrick's Casino Poker: Professional Gambler's Guide to Winning
      The flop didn't help you but probably did help the other hands.
    • 2003: Lou Krieger, Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games
      Here are six tips to help you play successfully on the flop (the first three communal cards).
    • 2005: Henry Stephenson, Real Poker Night: Taking Your Home Game to a New Level
      The strength of your hand now has nothing to do with how strong it may have been before the flop.
  4. A place to stay, sleep, or live. See flophouse
    • 1973, Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, Pantheon Books, page 135,
      They have opened up crypts and basements as immense pads where vagrant and impoverished hippies can flop for the night..
    • 1969, Howard E. Freeman, Norman R. Kurtz, America's Troubles: A Casebook on Social Conflict, Prentice-Hall, Page 414,
      ... is not just the old material goal of "three hots and a place to flop," it ....
    • 2006, Ray Douglas, America Is Headed for a Fall, AuthorHouse, Page 53,
      Hugh and the boys playing in beautiful settings with beautiful young babes was a far cry from grungy hippies doing it in a filthy flop house, ...
  5. Dung, as in a cow-flop.
    • 2000, Dean King, A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, Henry Holt & Co., Page 162,
      ... cowpat or cow-flop, Cow dung, often used dry as heating fuel.
    • 1960, Winston Graham, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787, Bodley Head, Page 302,
      "Maybe as you think," he said, "because as I've the misfortune of an accidental slip on a cow-flop therefore I has the inability of an unborn babe, ...
    • 2003, John W. Billheimer, Drybone Hollow, St. Martin's Press, Page 215,
      "Cow flop in a neat package is still cow flop. What did Cable stand to gain from the flood?"


failure, especially in the entertainment industry
  • German: Flop, Misserfolg
  • Russian: провал, неудача, фиаско

Related terms



  1. failure, something that went wrong

Extensive Definition

Flop may refer to:
  • Flop, a slang term for failure
  • Flop, a box office bomb in the entertainment world
  • The Flop, a short confidence trick
  • Flop (poker), a poker term describing the first three cards dealt to the board
  • Flip-flop (electronics), the bistable multivibrator, a circuit with two stable states
  • FLOPS, an abbreviation for the computing term floating point operations per second
  • Flopped image, a type of mirror image in photography, graphic design and printing
  • Flop (basketball), a basketball term to describe a feigned foul
  • Fosbury Flop, a high jump technique
  • Flop shot, a shot in golf where the ball has a very high trajectory but travels a short distance
  • Flop (band), a defunct 1990s era pop-punk group from Seattle, Washington
  • Flop (album), an industrial and synthpop album by the band And One
  • Fl0p, a network flow analysis tool by Michal Zalewski
flop in German: Flop
flop in French: Flop
flop in Dutch: Flop
flop in Polish: Flop
flop in Swedish: Lista över golftermer#Flop

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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