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noun (usually used with a singular verb) Slang.
  1. proper or due respect or recognition; credit:I give him props for putting up with annoying customers.
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Origin of props

1990–95; Americanism; shortening of earlier propers (in the same sense), from proper, adjective

prop1

[prop]
verb (used with object), propped, prop·ping.
  1. 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.
  2. to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped his cane against the wall.
  3. to support or sustain (often followed by up).
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noun
  1. a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
  2. a person or thing serving as a support or stay: His father is his financial prop.
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Origin of prop1

1400–50; late Middle English proppe (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper
Related formsun·propped, adjective

Synonyms

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1. brace, buttress, bolster.

prop2

[prop]
noun Theater.
  1. property(def 8).
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Origin of prop2

First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening
Related formsprop·less, adjective

prop3

[prop]
noun
  1. a propeller.
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Origin of prop3

First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening
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  • It has fixed rules which are the props of order, and will not swerve or bend in extreme cases.

  • Put up a forest of props (as at the Abbey) and keep off touch and contamination?

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He felt as if the props had been kicked from beneath a line on which swung all his best linen.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • Many of the walls are supported by props to prevent them from tumbling.

  • Besides, 7,000 props is not a big thing for a group of mines.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts


British Dictionary definitions for props

props

pl n
  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian proper respectprops to my dad
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prop1

verb props, propping or propped (when tr, often foll by up)
  1. (tr) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
  2. (tr usually also foll by against) to place or lean
  3. (tr) to sustain or support
  4. (intr) Australian and NZ to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
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noun
  1. something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
  2. a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
  3. rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
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Word Origin

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

prop2

noun
  1. short for property (def. 8)
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prop3

noun
  1. an informal word for propeller
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Word Origin and History for props

prop

n.1

"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.

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prop

n.2

"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.

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prop

v.

"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.

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prop

n.3

short for propeller, 1914.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with props

prop

see knock the bottom (props) out from.

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