• IPA(key): /ˈklɔ.pə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: klop‧pen
  • Rhymes: -ɔpən

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch cloppen, from Old Dutch *cloppōn, probably onomatopoeic. Cognate with German klopfen and kloppen.



  1. (intransitive) to beat, hit
    Ze kloppen tot hun slachtoffer om genade smeekt.
    They beat till their victim begs for mercy.
  2. (intransitive) to knock
    Hij klopt op de deur.
    He knocks on the door.
  3. (intransitive) to defeat
    Hij is met 5-0 vernederend geklopt.
    He was humiliatingly beaten 5-0.
  4. (intransitive) to pulsate, like a heart
  5. (intransitive) to be correct, to be true
    Klopt het dat jij niet van pannenkoeken houdt?
    Is it true that you don't like pancakes?
  6. (intransitive) to fit, work out, like a calculation; to make sense, to be true
    Ik had Stephen ook al gevraagd om een vertaling, maar ik weet niet of het echt klopt.
    I had also already asked Stephen for a translation, but I don't know if it truly makes sense.
  7. (intransitive) to lead the devoutly professed, unmarried but non-congregational life of a Catholic klop
Inflection of kloppen (weak)
infinitive kloppen
past singular klopte
past participle geklopt
infinitive kloppen
gerund kloppen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular klop klopte
2nd person sing. (jij) klopt klopte
2nd person sing. (u) klopt klopte
2nd person sing. (gij) klopt klopte
3rd person singular klopt klopte
plural kloppen klopten
subjunctive sing.1 kloppe klopte
subjunctive plur.1 kloppen klopten
imperative sing. klop
imperative plur.1 klopt
participles kloppend geklopt
1) Archaic.
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  • Indonesian: klop

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. Plural form of klop



Central and Low German form of klopfen (to knock), from northern Middle High German and Middle Low German kloppen. Cognate with Dutch kloppen. The verb was adopted into standard German, in its rougher sense, via the modern vernaculars. An older standard word is the derivative Klöppel (clapper).


  • IPA(key): /ˈklɔpən/, [ˈklɔpən], [ˈklɔpm̩]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: klop‧pen


kloppen (weak, third-person singular present kloppt, past tense kloppte, past participle gekloppt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (informal, reflexive) to fight, to engage in a fistfight
    Ich habe mich oft mit meinem Bruder gekloppt.
    I often engaged in fights with my brother.
  2. (informal, transitive or intransitive + auf) to thump, to hit hard
    Klopp da mal ordentlich drauf, vielleicht geht’s dann auf.
    Give it a good thump, maybe it’ll open then.



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