- 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.
Origin of stirrup
Related Words for stirrupclamp, splint, bracer, bearing, buttress, skid, truss, arm, staff, bolster, stanchion, rib, stave, prop, boom, peg, mainstay, grip, girder, rafter
Examples from the Web for stirrup
Historical Examples of stirrup
Halfway up the stretch Allis was riding stirrup to stirrup with her father.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
He picked up the bridle-reins, caught the saddle-horn, and thrust his toe into the stirrup.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"I'll hold on to you; and you must hold on to the stirrup and to the horse's mane," she said.
He led her to her horse and held the stirrup for her as she swung to the saddle.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
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).