floppy

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From flop +‎ -y.

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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. (derogatory, Rhodesia, South Africa) A black insurgent in the Rhodesian Bush War.
    • 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

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