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prop

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[ prop ]
/ prɒp /
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verb (used with object), propped, prop·ping.
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).
noun
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.
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Origin of prop

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English noun prop(p)e “support, support for a vine or plant”; cognate with Middle Dutch proppe “bottle stopper,” early Modern Dutch “support for vines”

OTHER WORDS FROM prop

un·propped, adjective

Other definitions for prop (2 of 5)

prop2
[ prop ]
/ prɒp /

noun Theater.

Origin of prop

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First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening

OTHER WORDS FROM prop

propless, adjective

Other definitions for prop (3 of 5)

prop3
[ prop ]
/ prɒp /

noun
a propeller.

Origin of prop

3
First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening

Other definitions for prop (4 of 5)

prop-

a combining form representing propionic acid in compound words: propanil.

Other definitions for prop (5 of 5)

prop.

abbreviation
properly.
property.
proposition.
proprietary.
proprietor.
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British Dictionary definitions for prop (1 of 3)

prop1
/ (prɒp) /

verb props, propping or propped (when tr, often foll by up)
(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
noun

Word Origin for prop

C15: related to Middle Dutch proppe vine prop; compare Old High German pfropfo shoot, German Pfropfen stopper

British Dictionary definitions for prop (2 of 3)

prop2
/ (prɒp) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for prop (3 of 3)

prop3
/ (prɒp) /

noun
an informal word for propeller
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Other Idioms and Phrases with prop

prop

see knock the bottom (props) out from.

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