To plop is to drop something (or yourself) with a short sound. The sound itself is also a plop — like something landing in water without much of a splash.

The sound of a plop is abrupt and hollow — you could also call it a plunk or a or a plonk. You might plop an ice cube in your glass of water, or watch a flock of bird plop themselves on the surface of a pond. Plop is imitative or onomatopoeic (it sounds like its meaning), and it first appeared in the 1820s after the brief popularity of the alternative word plap.

Definitions of plop
  1. verb
    drop something with a plopping sound
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    let fall to the ground
  2. verb
    set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
    synonyms: flump, plank, plonk, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down
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    type of:
    place down, put down, set down
    cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
  3. verb
    drop with the sound of something falling into water
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    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  4. noun
    the noise of a rounded object dropping into a liquid without a splash
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    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  5. adverb
    with a short hollow thud
    plop came the ball down to the corner of the green”
    synonyms: plunk
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