props

[ props ]
/ prɒps /

noun (usually used with a singular verb) Slang.

proper or due respect or recognition; credit:I give him props for putting up with annoying customers.

Origin of props

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

Definition for props (2 of 4)

prop1
[ prop ]
/ prɒp /

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.

Origin of prop

1
1400–50; late Middle English proppe (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper

OTHER WORDS FROM prop

un·propped, adjective

Definition for props (3 of 4)

prop2
[ prop ]
/ prɒp /

noun Theater.

Origin of prop

2
First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening

OTHER WORDS FROM prop

prop·less, adjective

Definition for props (4 of 4)

prop3
[ prop ]
/ prɒp /

noun

a propeller.

Origin of prop

3
First recorded in 1910–15; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for props (1 of 4)

props
/ (prɒps ) /

pl n

slang, mainly US and Canadian proper respectprops to my dad

British Dictionary definitions for props (2 of 4)

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 props (3 of 4)

prop2
/ (prɒp) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for props (4 of 4)

prop3
/ (prɒp) /

noun

an informal word for propeller
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Idioms and Phrases with props

prop

see knock the bottom (props) out from.

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