verb (used with object), strafed, straf·ing.
- stradella, alessandro,
- stradivari, antonio,
Origin of strafe
Examples from the Web for strafe
If I did my duty as a special, I should "strafe" her for that.'Five Tales|John Galsworthy
Strafe is able to gambol about much as usual, though he limps a little and is thinner for his experience.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
Immediately, a couple of airjeeps pounced in, to strafe the fleeing enemy.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
He would still have done his level best to strafe the U-boat, Seton notwithstanding.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge|Percy F. Westerman
We boarded the train and started out with the hope that American fighters would not come down and strafe the train.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
Word Origin for strafe
1915, "punish, attack," picked up by British soldiers from German strafen "to punish" (from Proto-Germanic *stræf-), in slogan Gott strafe England "May God punish England," current in Germany c.1914-16 at the start of World War I. The word used for many kinds of attack at first; meaning "shoot up ground positions from low-flying aircraft" emerged as the main sense 1942. Related: Strafed; strafing.