powerfully built; robust.
large; whopping.

Origin of strapping

First recorded in 1650–60; strap + -ing2




straps collectively.
material used to make a strap or straps: manufacturers of plastic strapping.

Origin of strapping

First recorded in 1800–10; strap + -ing1




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.
Machinery. a shallow metal fitting surrounding and retaining other parts, as on the end of a rod.
Nautical, Machinery. strop(def 2).

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

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

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

Examples from the Web for strapping

Contemporary Examples of strapping

Historical Examples of strapping

  • A fine, strapping trio they were, splendidly horsed and admirably equipped.

  • Mason paused halfway in the act of strapping on his packsack.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • Then there's Romulus and Remus, the twins, strapping young fellows.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • "Good-bye," said Ralph, who was just then strapping his books together for school.

    Grandmother Dear

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • You're as fine, strapping a specimen of a healthy human being as I've ever seen.'


    Alan Edward Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for strapping



(prenominal) tall and sturdy

Word Origin for strapping

C17: from strap (in the archaic sense: to work vigorously)



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 strapping

"tall and sturdy," originally applied to women, 1650s, from present participle of strap (v.). Cf. similar senses of whopping, spanking.



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

strapping 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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