- any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
- Also strap. Nautical, Machinery.
- a rope or a band of metal surrounding and supporting a block, deadeye, etc.
- a metal band surrounding the pulley of a block to transmit the load on the pulley to its hook or shackle.
- a rope sling, as for handling cargo.
- a ring or grommet of rope.
- to sharpen on or as if on a strop.
Origin of strop
before 1050; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German strop; all probably < Latin stroppus, variant of struppus strap
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Examples from the Web for strop
In blocks, confines the hook and thimble in the strop home to the scores.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Annixter grunted good-humouredly, and turned to strop his razor.The Octopus
At the mouth are two beckets or iron rings, through which the strop is rove.Stories of the Ships
Lewis R. Freeman
This is better than to strop knives and other tools on your boots.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
During the operation the back of the razor should never be taken from the strop.Shaving Made Easy
- a leather strap or an abrasive strip for sharpening razors
- a rope or metal band around a block or deadeye for support
- mainly British informal a temper tantrumhe threw a strop and stormed off
- (tr) to sharpen (a razor, etc) on a strop
C14 (in nautical use: a strip of rope): via Middle Low German or Middle Dutch strop, ultimately from Latin stroppus, from Greek strophos cord; see strophe
Word Origin and History for strop
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper