- needy; wanting: The company is rather strapped for funds.
Origin of strapped
- a narrow strip of flexible material, especially leather, as for fastening or holding things together.
- a looped band by which an item may be held, pulled, lifted, etc., as a bootstrap or a ring that standing passengers may hold on to in a bus, subway, or the like.
- a strop for a razor.
- a long, narrow object or piece of something; strip; band.
- an ornamental strip or band.
- shoulder strap.
- Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
- Nautical, Machinery. strop(def 2).
- to fasten or secure with a strap or straps.
- to fasten (a thing) around something in the manner of a strap.
- to sharpen on a strap or strop: to strap a razor.
- to beat or flog with a strap.
Origin of strap
Related Words for strappedimpoverished, broke, beggared, flat, penniless, penurious, poor, stone-broke
Examples from the Web for strapped
Contemporary Examples of strapped
However, the Air Force is so strapped for people that the ratio has dropped below even that reduced level.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
A burly Belgian, strapped with grenades and ammunition, towered above them.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
They threw off their bags of crops and strapped him to the back.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Strapped for medical staff and lacking in the resources needed to treat the 5,338 suspected cases, the numbers are soaring.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
Overcrowded and strapped for workers, there was not a single medical facility that could take her.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of strapped
Smithy climbed into the rear cockpit and strapped himself in.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Leaving the horse to run steadily on the road he strapped himself with the gun.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
This she strapped down so tightly that, for the time at least, the bleeding was staunched.The Night Riders
Her books she had strapped to the saddle-horn; there was a yellow slicker at the cantle.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
Our chaplain took it from him and had it strapped to his saddle-bag.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
- (postpositive often foll by for) slang badly in need (of money, manpower, etc); short of
- 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
- to tie or bind with a strap
- to beat with a strap
- to sharpen with a strap or strop
Word Origin 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.
- A strip or piece of adhesive plaster.
- To support or bind a part, especially with overlapping strips of adhesive plaster.