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[prop] /prɒp/
noun, Theater
1.
property (def 8).
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; by shortening
Related forms
propless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for propless

prop1

/prɒp/
verb props, propping, propped when tr, often foll by up
1.
(transitive) to support with a rigid object, such as a stick
2.
(transitive) usually also foll by against. to place or lean
3.
(transitive) to sustain or support
4.
(intransitive) (Austral & NZ) to stop suddenly or unexpectedly
noun
5.
something that gives rigid support, such as a stick
6.
a person or thing giving support, as of a moral or spiritual nature
7.
(rugby) either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum
Word Origin
C15: related to Middle Dutch proppe vine prop; compare Old High German pfropfo shoot, German Pfropfen stopper

prop2

/prɒp/
noun
1.
short for property (sense 8)

prop3

/prɒp/
noun
1.
an informal word for propeller
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Word Origin and History for propless
prop
"support," 1440, from M.Du. proppe "vine prop, support," of unknown origin. Related to O.H.G. pfropfo, Ger. pfropfen "to prop," perhaps from L. propago "a set, layer of a plant" (see propagation). Ir. propa, Gael. prop are from English. The verb meaning "to support" is attested from 1492.
prop
"object used in a play," 1911, from props (1841), shortened form of properties (in theatrical use from early 15c.). Props as slang shortening for proper respects (or something similar) appeared c.1999.
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Slang definitions & phrases for propless

prop

noun

An article used on stage or in a film; property (1841+ Theater)


prop

noun

A propeller (1914+)


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Related Abbreviations for propless

prop

propeller
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Idioms and Phrases with propless
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