- 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.
- to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped his cane against the wall.
- to support or sustain (often followed by up).
- a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
- a person or thing serving as a support or stay: His father is his financial prop.
Origin of prop1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for prop on Thesaurus.com
Origin of prop2
- a propeller.
Origin of prop3
- a combining form representing propionic acid in compound words: propanil.
Examples from the Web for prop
But this year, New Yorkers have a shot at making real changes through a ballot initiative sonorously known as Prop 1.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now
November 3, 2014
This is good—no one needs rape on TV used as a prop, or as background noise, or for shock value.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape
November 3, 2014
They see themselves being set up as a sacrifice for a U.S. policy meant to prop up Iraq.Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us?
October 3, 2014
When the former eBay executive ran for Governor of California in 2010, Meg Whitman was explicit in her support for Prop 8.Prop 8’s Conservative Fans: Where Are They Now?
June 28, 2014
And the business of science, medicine, and faith itself is to restore or at least to prop up hope, that most complex vapor.The Fake Superbug Cure
June 21, 2014
Where was the beautiful friendship that had been the comfort, the prop of her bereaved life?A Spirit in Prison
Get on the prop and we'll see if the old puddle jumper will take off.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Never heard that folks that set fire to other people's prop'ty got there, did you?Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Wharever does Dave come in to get insultin' action at sech a prop'sition?Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
Stan hoiked her tail with a blast of prop pressure and hopped her off.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- (tr) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
- (tr usually also foll by against) to place or lean
- (tr) to sustain or support
- (intr) Australian and NZ to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
- something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
- a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
- rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
- short for property (def. 8)
- an informal word for propeller
Word Origin and History for prop
"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.
"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.
short for propeller, 1914.