- to attack (ground troops or installations) by airplanes with machine-gun fire.
- Slang. to reprimand viciously.
- a strafing attack.
Origin of strafe
Examples from the Web for strafe
MORE leaves the window—his face distorted by the strafe of his emotions.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
When they did grasp it they began to strafe us, and they kep' it up hard all day.
Murmuring something that sounded dangerously like "Strafe rules!"A harum-scarum schoolgirl
Gott strafe the English, and in particular your detestable little boy.With Haig on the Somme
D. H. Parry
If I did my duty as a special, I should "strafe" her for that.'Five Tales
- to machine-gun (troops, etc) from the air
- slang to punish harshly
- an act or instance of strafing
Word Origin and History for strafe
1915, "punish, attack," picked up by British soldiers from German strafen "to punish" (from Proto-Germanic *stræf-), in slogan Gott strafe England "May God punish England," current in Germany c.1914-16 at the start of World War I. The word used for many kinds of attack at first; meaning "shoot up ground positions from low-flying aircraft" emerged as the main sense 1942. Related: Strafed; strafing.