- a person who strops.
- a mechanical instrument for honing double-edged blades for safety razors.
Origin of stropper
- 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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- 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
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Word Origin and History for stroppers
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