- a strap of fabric or elastic at the bottom of a pair of pants, worn around and under the foot.
- stirrups,(used with a plural verb) close-fitting knit pants with such straps.
- stirrup bone,
- stirrup cup,
- stirrup jar,
- stirrup leather,
- stirrup pump
Origin of stirrup
Examples from the Web for stirrup
The buckskin was gone, and the saddle was not hanging by its stirrup from its accustomed limb-stub.The Gold Girl|James B. Hendryx
Insert your toe in the stirrup, just as it hangs, using your right hand if necessary.Patroclus and Penelope|Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Jardine held the stirrup, she seized the bridle, set her mouth and started the horse.Northwest!|Harold Bindloss
This time, Hyrum rode and Joseph walked by his side, holding himself up by the stirrup leather.History of the Prophet Joseph by His Mother|Lucy Smith
“Stand thou at my stirrup, Calverley,” said York to his squire.The White Rose of Langley|Emily Sarah Holt
Word Origin for stirrup
Old English stigrap, literally "climbing rope," from stige "a climbing, ascent" (from Proto-Germanic *stigaz "climbing;" see stair) + rap (see rope). Originally a looped rope as a help for mounting. Germanic cognates include Old Norse stigreip, Old High German stegareif, German stegreif. Surgical device used in childbirth, etc., so called from 1884. Stirrup-cup (1680s) was a cup of wine or other drink handed to a man already on horseback and setting out on a journey, hence "a parting glass" (cf. French le vin de l'etrier).