- 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
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Examples from the Web for propped
Lotto is propped up by the notion that “Hey, you never know” though of course you do know—you know that you will not win.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
The police state system that propped up dictators from Algiers to Islamabad for decades was unsustainable.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
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Mitchum himself is propped up against a wall, talking to two journalists.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
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His heavily bandaged right leg is propped up on a stool in his apartment and his crutches lean on fridge.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
And then you visit Miltie, propped up on pillows, very cool.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
When she was not at home, it sat on K.'s dresser, propped against his collar-box.
His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.
And when she had propped you up against the bank, she came for me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He propped himself against a wall and reproved his tormentors in Latin.The Gentleman From Indiana
Helen sat up and propped her chin in her hands with her elbows on her knees.The Law-Breakers
- (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 propped
"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.