- 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).
- 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.
Origin of prop1
Synonyms for prop
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Historical Examples of unpropped
Unpropped by your title, you will more grandly become the minister, because with more effort.The Mesmerist's Victim
- (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
- something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
- a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
- rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
Word Origin for prop
- short for property (def. 8)
- an informal word for propeller
"support," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch proppe "vine prop, support," of unknown origin. Probably related to Old High German pfropfo, German pfropfen "to prop," perhaps from Latin propago "a set, layer of a plant" (see propagation). Irish propa, Gaelic prop are from English.
"object used in a play," 1898, from props (1841), shortened form of properties (which was in theatrical use from early 15c.). Props as slang shortening for proper respects (or something similar) appeared c.1999.
"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.
short for propeller, 1914.
see knock the bottom (props) out from.