prop

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[ prop ]
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verb (used with object), propped, prop·ping.

to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (often followed by up): to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.
to rest (a thing) against a support: He propped his cane against the wall.
to support or sustain (often followed by up).

noun

a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
a person or thing serving as a support or stay: His father is his financial prop.

Nearby words

  1. proof-of-purchase,
  2. proofing,
  3. proofread,
  4. proofreader,
  5. prootic,
  6. prop root,
  7. prop wash,
  8. prop-,
  9. prop.,
  10. propaedeutic

Origin of prop

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1400–50; late Middle English proppe (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper

SYNONYMS FOR prop
Related formsun·propped, adjective

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Examples from the Web for unpropped

  • Unpropped by your title, you will more grandly become the minister, because with more effort.

    The Mesmerist's Victim|Alexandre Dumas


British Dictionary definitions for unpropped

prop

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/ (prɒp) /

verb props, propping or propped (when tr, often foll by up)

(tr) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
(tr usually also foll by against) to place or lean
(tr) to sustain or support
(intr) Australian and NZ to stop suddenly or unexpectedly

noun

Word Origin for prop

C15: related to Middle Dutch proppe vine prop; compare Old High German pfropfo shoot, German Pfropfen stopper

prop

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/ (prɒp) /

noun

prop

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/ (prɒp) /

noun

an informal word for propeller
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Word Origin and History for unpropped
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unpropped

prop

see knock the bottom (props) out from.

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