Flop vs Tumble - What's the difference?

flop | tumble |

As a noun tumble is

a fall.

As a verb tumble is

(lb) to fall end over end.



Etymology 1

Recorded since 1602, probably a variant of (flap) with a duller, heavier sound


  • To fall heavily, because lacking energy.
  • He flopped down in front of the television as he was exhausted from work.
    (Charles Dickens)
  • To fail completely, not to be successful at all (about a movie, play, book, song etc.).
  • The latest album flopped and so the studio canceled her contract.
  • (sports) To pretend to be fouled in sports, such as basketball, hockey (the same as to dive in soccer)
  • It starts with Chris Paul, because Blake didn't really used to flop like that, you know, last year.
    While Stern chastised Vogel for on Thursday calling the Heat "the biggest flopping team in the NBA," he did intimate that he sees merit in the sentiment.
  • To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; to flap.
  • The brim of a hat flops .
    Derived terms
    * flophouse * flopover * flopper * floppy


    (en noun)
  • An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
  • A complete failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
  • (poker) The first three cards turned face-up by the dealer in a game.
  • * 1996: John Patrick, John Patrick's Casino Poker: Professional Gambler's Guide to Winning
  • The flop didn't help you but probably did help the other hands.
  • * 2003: Lou Krieger, Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games
  • Here are six tips to help you play successfully on the flop (the first three communal cards).
  • * 2005: Henry Stephenson, Real Poker Night: Taking Your Home Game to a New Level
  • The strength of your hand now has nothing to do with how strong it may have been before the flop .
  • A place to stay, sleep or live. See flophouse
  • * 1973 , Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal , Pantheon Books, page 135,
  • They have opened up crypts and basements as immense pads where vagrant and impoverished hippies can flop for the night..
  • * 1969 , Howard E. Freeman, Norman R. Kurtz, America's Troubles: A Casebook on Social Conflict , Prentice-Hall, Page 414,
  • ... is not just the old material goal of "three hots and a place to flop ," it ....
  • * 2006 , Ray Douglas, America Is Headed for a Fall , AuthorHouse, Page 53,
  • Hugh and the boys playing in beautiful settings with beautiful young babes was a far cry from grungy hippies doing it in a filthy flop house, ...
  • A ponded package of dung, as in a cow-flop.
  • * 2000 , Dean King, A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales , Henry Holt & Co., Page 162,
  • ... cowpat or cow-flop , Cow dung, often used dry as heating fuel.
  • * 1960 , Winston Graham, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 , Bodley Head, Page 302,
  • "Maybe as you think," he said, "because as I've the misfortune of an accidental slip on a cow-flop therefore I has the inability of an unborn babe, ...
  • * 2003 , John W. Billheimer, Drybone Hollow , St. Martin's Press, Page 215,
  • "Cow flop in a neat package is still cow flop. What did Cable stand to gain from the flood?"
    * (complete failure) dud, fiasco, turkey * (specifically in entertainment) box office bomb


  • Right, squarely, flat-out.
  • With a flopping sound.
  • See also
    * aflop

    Etymology 2

    Syllabic abbreviation of (floating point) + (operation).


    (en noun)
  • (computing) A unit of measure of processor speed, being one floating-point operation per second.
  • Derived terms
    * megaflop * gigaflop * teraflop ----




    (en noun)
  • A fall.
  • I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
  • An act of sexual intercourse.
  • * John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
  • Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
  • * 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
  • When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.

    Derived terms

    * rough and tumble * take a tumble * tumble dryer * tumbler * give a tumble


  • (lb) To fall end over end.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
  • *
  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  • :(Rowe)
  • To roll over and over.
  • *1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
  • *:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
  • (lb) To have sexual intercourse.
  • (lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
  • To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
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  • Derived terms

    * tumble to