Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fall with a sound like that of an object falling into water without splashing.
  • intransitive verb To let the body drop heavily.
  • intransitive verb To drop or set heavily.
  • noun A plopping sound or movement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fall or plump into water. Mrs. Gaskell, Mary Barton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To fall, drop, or move in any way, with a sudden splash or slap, as on the surface of water.
  • noun Act of plopping; the sound made in plopping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sound or action like liquid hitting a hard surface.
  • noun UK slang for excrement, derived from the "plop" sound made when the former hits water in a toilet.
  • verb To make the sound of liquid hitting a hard surface.
  • verb To land heavily or loosely.
  • verb UK To excrete, derived from the "plop" sound made when excrement hits water in a toilet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb drop something with a plopping sound
  • noun the noise of a rounded object dropping into a liquid without a splash
  • verb drop with the sound of something falling into water
  • adverb with a short hollow thud
  • verb set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

Examples

  • _plop, plop, plop_ -- like the feet of a moose falling in shallow water -- sounded from the shore below, where Simmo was concealed.

    Wood Folk at School

  • After the same voice declares the size of the winnings (for instance, "medium"), the kettle inside the glass case begins rattling and shaking, and to the sounds of popping corn, slotto balls plop from the cooker and land in a tube, revealing the exact number of bonus credits — all of this supposedly being a great incentive to keep playing.

    Sit and Spin

  • After the same voice declares the size of the winnings (for instance, "medium"), the kettle inside the glass case begins rattling and shaking, and to the sounds of popping corn, slotto balls plop from the cooker and land in a tube, revealing the exact number of bonus credits — all of this supposedly being a great incentive to keep playing.

    Sit and Spin

  • After the same voice declares the size of the winnings (for instance, "medium"), the kettle inside the glass case begins rattling and shaking, and to the sounds of popping corn, slotto balls plop from the cooker and land in a tube, revealing the exact number of bonus credits — all of this supposedly being a great incentive to keep playing.

    Sit and Spin

  • Down in the creek pool, underneath the road, I heard a loud "plop" -- indicating that I had surprised and disturbed something that had previously been minding its own business there on the nice, warm banks.

    June 16th, 2005

  • When I take a dump, I get up on all fours on the toilet seat backwards and let ‘em plop from a foot or two up.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Well trained cat with crappy footing

  • De Saint Phalle's new pieces are the epitome of what has come to be dismissed as "plop" art: big bits of undemanding, adequately pleasing stuff plonked down here and there across the urban landscape, without any special reason for being where they are.

    Sculptures add color to New York Avenue, but are they art?

  • And where does science say anything about where a putative designer would "plop" a code?

    Chunkdz Comes Out Smokin

  • De Saint Phalle's new pieces are the epitome of what has come to be dismissed as "plop" art: big bits of undemanding, adequately pleasing stuff plonked down here and there across the urban landscape, without any special reason for being where they are.

    Sculptures add color to New York Avenue, but are they art?

  • The wail through the air and the soft "plop" of the gas shells seemed attuned to the dirge-like soughing of the wind.

    Pushed and the Return Push

Comments

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  • Why is this such a pleasing, amusing word?

    August 14, 2008

  • Why is this such a pleasing, amusing word?

    August 14, 2008

  • *plops*

    Dunno.

    August 14, 2008

  • Because its vocalisation feels like a drip forming and then dropping - the sudden commencement of the 'p', the swelling of the 'l', the hollow, pent inertia of the 'o', and the abrupt release of the 'p'.

    August 14, 2008

  • Plinth.

    August 14, 2008

  • Also Romanian for "poplar", it appears.

    March 7, 2009