[ strop ]
/ strɒp /


any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
Also strap. Nautical, Machinery.
  1. a rope or a band of metal surrounding and supporting a block, deadeye, etc.
  2. a metal band surrounding the pulley of a block to transmit the load on the pulley to its hook or shackle.
  3. a rope sling, as for handling cargo.
  4. a ring or grommet of rope.

verb (used with object), stropped, strop·ping.

to sharpen on or as if on a strop.

Nearby words

  1. strontium 90,
  2. strontium hydroxide,
  3. strontium monoxide,
  4. strontium unit,
  5. strook,
  6. strophanthin,
  7. strophanthus,
  8. strophe,
  9. strophic,
  10. strophoid

Origin of strop

before 1050; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German strop; all probably < Latin stroppus, variant of struppus strap

Related formsstrop·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strop


/ (strɒp) /


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

verb strops, stropping or stropped

(tr) to sharpen (a razor, etc) on a strop

Word Origin for 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

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Word Origin and History for strop



mid-14c., "loop or strap on a harness," probably from Old French estrop (see strap (n.)). Specific sense of "leather strap used for sharpening razors" first recorded 1702. The verb in this sense is from 1841. Distribution of senses between strap and strop is arbitrary.

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