verb (used with object), stripped or stript, strip·ping.

verb (used without object), stripped or stript, strip·ping.


a striptease.

Origin of strip

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English strippe, Old English *stryppan (compare Middle High German strupfen to strip off); replacing Middle English stripen, strepen, strupen (compare Old English bestrȳpan to rob, plunder)

Synonyms for strip

1. uncover, peel, decorticate. 2. denude. 7. despoil. Strip, deprive, dispossess, divest imply more or less forcibly taking something away from someone. To strip is to take something completely (often violently) from a person or thing so as to leave in a destitute or powerless state: to strip a man of all his property; to strip the bark from a tree. To deprive is to take away forcibly or coercively what one has, or to withhold what one might have: to deprive workers of their livelihood. To dispossess is to deprive of the holding or use of something: to dispossess the renters of a house. Divest usually means depriving of rights, privileges, powers, or the like: to divest a king of authority.

Antonyms for strip




a narrow piece, comparatively long and usually of uniform width: a strip of cloth, metal, land, etc.
a continuous series of drawings or pictures illustrating incidents, conversation, etc., as a comic strip.
  1. an airstrip; runway.
  2. landing strip.
Philately. three or more stamps joined either in a horizontal or vertical row.
Informal. striplight.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a road, street, or avenue, usually in a city or a main thoroughfare between outlying suburbs, densely lined on both sides by a large variety of retail stores, gas stations, restaurants, bars, etc.: Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

verb (used with object), stripped, strip·ping.

to cut, tear, or form into strips.
Printing. to combine (a piece of film) with another, especially for making a combination plate of lines and halftones.
to broadcast (a television series) in multiple related segments, as daily from Monday through Friday.

Origin of strip

1425–75; late Middle English, cognate with or < Middle Low German strippe strap; see stripe1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb strips, stripping or stripped

to take or pull (the covering, clothes, etc) off (oneself, another person, or thing)to strip a wall; to strip a bed
  1. to remove all one's clothes
  2. to perform a striptease
(tr) to denude or empty completely
(tr) to deprivehe was stripped of his pride
(tr) to rob or plunder
(tr) to remove (paint, varnish, etc) from (a surface, furniture, etc) by sanding, with a solvent, etcstripped pine
Also: pluck (tr) to pull out the old coat of hair from (dogs of certain long- and wire-haired breeds)
  1. to remove the leaves from the stalks of (tobacco, etc)
  2. to separate the two sides of a leaf from the stem of (tobacco, etc)
(tr) agriculture to draw the last milk from each of the teats of (a cow)
to dismantle (an engine, mechanism, etc)
to tear off or break (the thread) from (a screw, bolt, etc) or (the teeth) from (a gear)
(often foll by down) to remove the accessories from (a motor vehicle)his car was stripped down
to remove (the most volatile constituent) from (a mixture of liquids) by boiling, evaporation, or distillation
printing (usually foll by in) to combine (pieces of film or paper) to form a composite sheet from which a plate can be made
(tr) (in freight transport) to unpack (a container)See also stuffing and stripping


the act or an instance of undressing or of performing a striptease
See also strip out

Word Origin for strip

Old English bestriepan to plunder; related to Old High German stroufen to plunder, strip




a relatively long, flat, narrow piece of something
short for airstrip
philately a horizontal or vertical row of three or more unseparated postage stamps
the clothes worn by the members of a team, esp a football team
commerce a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one call option and two put options at the same price and for the same periodCompare strap (def. 5)
NZ short for dosing strip
tear someone off a strip informal to rebuke (someone) angrily

verb strips, stripping or stripped

to cut or divide into strips

Word Origin for strip

C15: from Middle Dutch strīpe stripe 1
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Word Origin and History for strip

"make bare," Old English -striepan, -strypan "plunder, despoil," as in West Saxon bestrypan "to plunder," from Proto-Germanic *straupijanan (cf. Middle Dutch stropen "to strip off, to ramble about plundering," Old High German stroufen "to strip off, plunder," German streifen "strip off, touch upon, to ramble, roam, rove"). Meaning "to unclothe" is recorded from early 13c. Of screw threads, from 1839; of gear wheels, from 1873. Related: Stripped; stripping. Strip poker is attested from 1916, in a joke in "The Technology Monthly and Harvard Engineering Journal":

"Say, Bill how, did the game come out?"
"It ended in a tie."
"Oh, were you playing strip poker?"

strip search is from 1947, in reference to World War II prison camps.


"long, narrow, flat piece," mid-15c., "narrow piece of cloth," probably from Middle Low German strippe "strap, thong," related to stripe (see stripe (n.1)). Sense extension to wood, land, etc. first recorded 1630s.

Sense in comic strip is from 1920. Meaning "street noted for clubs, bars, etc." is attested from 1939, originally in reference to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Strip mine (n.) attested by 1892, as a verb by 1916; so called because the surface material is removed in successive parallel strips.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

strip in Medicine




To press out or drain off by milking.
To make a subcutaneous excision of a vein in its longitudinal axis, usually of a leg vein.
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