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EtymologyEdit

From flop +‎ -y.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈflɒ.pi/
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    Rhymes: -ɒpi

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floppy (comparative floppier, superlative floppiest)

  1. Limp, not hard, firm, or rigid; flexible.
    • 2005, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 3,
      The smile, the white collar worn with a dark shirt, the floppy breast-pocket handkerchief would surely be famous when the chaps in the rows behind were mere forgotten grins and frowns.

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floppy (plural floppies)

  1. (computing) A floppy disk.
  2. (military slang, Rhodesia, South Africa) An insurgent in the Rhodesian Bush War, called as such for the way they "flop" when shot. [1]
    • 1997, Dick Gledhill, One Commando: Rhodesia's Last Years & the Guerilla War it Never Lost, p. 55:
      "Ja, our job is not to think or make decisions. We just here to slay floppies," remarked Koos.
    Synonyms: terr, gook
  3. (informal) A comic book.
    • 2013, Nickie D. Phillips, Staci Strobl, Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice, and the American Way (page 226)
      We suggest that the impact of comic books is greater than it may first appear. Though individual sales of floppies may be low compared to, say, dollar grosses on motion pictures or may reach fewer viewers than a summer blockbuster []

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