Word Origin & History
"make bare," O.E. -striepan, -strypan "plunder, despoil," as in W.Saxon bestrypan "to plunder," from P.Gmc. *straupijanan (cf. M.Du. stropen "to strip off, to ramble about plundering," O.H.G. stroufen "to strip off, plunder," Ger. streifen "strip off, touch upon, to ramble, roam, rove"). Meaning "to
unclothe" is recorded from early 13c. Of screw threads, from 1839; of gear wheels, from 1873. Strip poker is attested from 1929; strip search is from 1947.
"long, narrow, flat piece," 1459, "narrow piece of cloth," probably from M.L.G. strippe "strap, thong," related to stripe (see stripe
(1)). Sense extension to wood, land, etc. first recorded 1638. Sense in comic strip is from 1920. Meaning "street noted for clubs, bars, etc."
is attested from 1939, originally in ref. to Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Strip mine is attested from 1934, so called because the surface material is removed in successive parallel strips.