- powerfully built; robust.
- large; whopping.
Origin of strapping1
Origin of strapping2
- a narrow strip of flexible material, especially leather, as for fastening or holding things together.
- a looped band by which an item may be held, pulled, lifted, etc., as a bootstrap or a ring that standing passengers may hold on to in a bus, subway, or the like.
- a strop for a razor.
- a long, narrow object or piece of something; strip; band.
- an ornamental strip or band.
- shoulder strap.
- Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
- Nautical, Machinery. strop(def 2).
- to fasten or secure with a strap or straps.
- to fasten (a thing) around something in the manner of a strap.
- to sharpen on a strap or strop: to strap a razor.
- to beat or flog with a strap.
Origin of strap
Examples from the Web for strapping
The strapping 24-year-old Brit is not only one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood but also dating ‘It Girl’ Cara Delevingne.Angelina Jolie’s New Muse: The Rise of Jack O’Connell, Star of the WWII Epic ‘Unbroken’
December 10, 2014
After serving for thirteen years as Det. Elliot Stabler, the strapping actor has transitioned into film.Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
Oh, and don't forget about Daniel Day-Lewis' finest turn yet—or the comedy of our "strapping young Muslim socialist"-in-chief.Best White House 'Nerd Prom' Jokes
Ben Teitelbaum, Alex Chancey
May 2, 2014
The two strapping marshals behind him looked plenty strong enough to have coaxed him to his feet if he had decided otherwise.9/11 Manhattan Murder Is No Mystery Thanks to Bin Laden Kin Trial
March 4, 2014
He is a strapping 20-year-old with dark intense eyes but flashed a friendly smile.Did the U.S. Make a Mistake In Seizing Anas al-Liby?
October 14, 2013
A fine, strapping trio they were, splendidly horsed and admirably equipped.The Prisoner of Zenda
Mason paused halfway in the act of strapping on his packsack.The Long Voyage
Carl Richard Jacobi
Then there's Romulus and Remus, the twins, strapping young fellows.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
"Good-bye," said Ralph, who was just then strapping his books together for school.Grandmother Dear
You're as fine, strapping a specimen of a healthy human being as I've ever seen.'Circus
Alan Edward Nourse
- (prenominal) tall and sturdy
- a long strip of leather or similar material, for binding trunks, baggage, or other objects
- a strip of leather or similar material used for carrying, lifting, or holding
- a loop of leather, rubber, etc, suspended from the roof in a bus or train for standing passengers to hold on to
- a razor strop
- commerce a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one put option and two call options at the same price and for the same periodCompare strip 2 (def. 5)
- Irish derogatory, slang a shameless or promiscuous woman
- the strap a beating with a strap as a punishment
- short for shoulder strap
- hit one's straps Australian informal to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective
- to tie or bind with a strap
- to beat with a strap
- to sharpen with a strap or strop
Word Origin and History for strapping
"tall and sturdy," originally applied to women, 1650s, from present participle of strap (v.). Cf. similar senses of whopping, spanking.
1610s, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (mid-14c.), probably from Old French estrop "strap," from Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). Old English stropp, Dutch strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin.
- A strip or piece of adhesive plaster.
- To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.