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[prop] /prɒp/
verb (used with object), propped, propping.
1.
to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (often followed by up):
to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.
2.
to rest (a thing) against a support:
He propped his cane against the wall.
3.
to support or sustain (often followed by up).
noun
4.
a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
5.
a person or thing serving as a support or stay:
His father is his financial prop.
Origin of prop1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English proppe (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper
Related forms
unpropped, adjective
Synonyms
1. brace, buttress, bolster.
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  • A wood fire blazed in the centre of the circle formed by the men, and propped on iron legs above it was an iron pot.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Mayo set his hands into his thick hair, propped his head, and stared at the floor.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The face of the last was not visible, propped upon the arms which rested on the knees, and bidden by the hands.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • There was less water in the fore part; her bow was propped high on the ledges.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • If we study a skeleton, we see that it must be suspended, that it cannot be propped up.

British Dictionary definitions for propped

prop1

/prɒp/
verb props, propping, propped when tr, often foll by up
1.
(transitive) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
2.
(transitive) usually also foll by against. to place or lean
3.
(transitive) to sustain or support
4.
(intransitive) (Austral & NZ) to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
noun
5.
something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
6.
a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
7.
(rugby) either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
Word Origin
C15: related to Middle Dutch proppe vine prop; compare Old High German pfropfo shoot, German Pfropfen stopper

prop2

/prɒp/
noun
1.
short for property (sense 8)

prop3

/prɒp/
noun
1.
an informal word for propeller
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Word Origin and History for propped

prop

n.

"support," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch proppe "vine prop, support," of unknown origin. Probably related to Old High German pfropfo, German pfropfen "to prop," perhaps from Latin propago "a set, layer of a plant" (see propagation). Irish propa, Gaelic prop are from English.

"object used in a play," 1898, from props (1841), shortened form of properties (which was in theatrical use from early 15c.). Props as slang shortening for proper respects (or something similar) appeared c.1999.

short for propeller, 1914.

v.

"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for propped

prop

noun

An article used on stage or in a film; property (1841+ Theater)

prop

noun

A propeller (1914+)

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Related Abbreviations for propped

prop

propeller
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Idioms and Phrases with propped
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