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[plop] /plɒp/
verb (used without object), plopped, plopping.
to make a sound like that of something falling or dropping into water:
A frog plopped into the pond.
to fall with such a sound:
Big raindrops plopped against the window.
to drop or fall with full force or direct impact:
He plopped into a chair.
verb (used with object), plopped, plopping.
to drop or set down heavily:
She plopped her books on the desk.
to cause to plop:
The fisherman plopped the bait into the river.
a plopping sound or fall.
the act of plopping.
with a plop:
The stone fell plop into the water.
Origin of plop
1815-25; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Carefully, Shandor plopped the receiver down on its hook, his hands like ice.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Then like a mass of jelly out of its mould I plopped onto my chair.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The Prime Minister managed to get one and plopped into it heavily.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • The fire yawned audibly, and plopped a coal into the stillness.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • Isabel, who was following close behind, intently copying her leader in all his movements, plopped hers in too.

  • All plopped down on the great sofa in the big salon, like a row of dolls.

  • The English lad was plopped down on the seat of his pants in a good eight inches of mud.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Hector ducked in through the doorway and plopped his rangy frame on the office's couch.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • The first lot of machine-gun bullets went in front of me; one plopped into a bank just past my foot.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
British Dictionary definitions for plopped


the characteristic sound made by an object dropping into water without a splash
verb plops, plopping, plopped
to fall or cause to fall with the sound of a plop: the stone plopped into the water
an exclamation imitative of this sound: to go plop
Word Origin
C19: imitative of the sound
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Word Origin and History for plopped



1821, imitative of the sound of a smooth object dropping into water. Related: Plopped; plopping. Thackary (mid-19c.) used plap (v.). As a noun from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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