verb (used with object), strapped, strap·ping.

Origin of strap

First recorded in 1565–75; variant of strop
Related formsstrap·pa·ble, adjectivestrap·like, adjectivere·strap, verb (used with object), re·strapped, re·strap·ping.un·der·strap, nounun·der·strap, verb (used with object), un·der·strapped, un·der·strap·ping. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for strap

leash, harness, belt, thong, band, switch, tie, whip, strop

Examples from the Web for strap

Contemporary Examples of strap

Historical Examples of strap

  • I don't know why, unless because of his one suspender, and then it ought to be Strap.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • His wrist had caught in the strap handle of the trunk, and his shoulder was dislocated.

  • “Sure,” he replied, dragging forth a bunch of metal discs on a strap.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Murphy fumbled with the strap, playing desperately for time.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • A groove should be cut in the surface of the eccentric, so that this strap will not slip off.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

British Dictionary definitions for strap



a long strip of leather or similar material, for binding trunks, baggage, or other objects
a strip of leather or similar material used for carrying, lifting, or holding
a loop of leather, rubber, etc, suspended from the roof in a bus or train for standing passengers to hold on to
a razor strop
commerce a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one put option and two call options at the same price and for the same periodCompare strip 2 (def. 5)
Irish derogatory, slang a shameless or promiscuous woman
the strap a beating with a strap as a punishment
short for shoulder strap
hit one's straps Australian informal to achieve one's full potential or become fully effective

verb straps, strapping or strapped (tr)

to tie or bind with a strap
to beat with a strap
to sharpen with a strap or strop

Word Origin for strap

C16: variant of strop
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Word Origin and History for strap

1610s, from Scottish and/or nautical variant of strope "loop or strap on a harness" (mid-14c.), probably from Old French estrop "strap," from Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn" (see strophe). Old English stropp, Dutch strop "halter" also are borrowed from Latin.


"to fasten or secure with a strap," 1711, from strap (n.). Slang adjective strapped "short of money" is from 1857, from strap (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "financial credit" (1828). Related: Strapped; strapping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

strap in Medicine




A strip or piece of adhesive plaster.


To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.
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