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prop1

[prop] /prɒp/
verb (used with object), propped, propping.
1.
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.
2.
to rest (a thing) against a support:
He propped his cane against the wall.
3.
to support or sustain (often followed by up).
noun
4.
a stick, rod, pole, beam, or other rigid support.
5.
a person or thing serving as a support or stay:
His father is his financial prop.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English proppe (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch proppe bottle stopper
Related forms
unpropped, adjective
Synonyms
1. brace, buttress, bolster.

prop2

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

prop3

[prop] /prɒp/
noun
1.
a propeller.
Origin
1910-15; by shortening
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Examples from the web for props
  • See props, including replica boats, and a gallery of images from the film.
  • The whales and fish should have special hats, fins, or other props for identification.
  • The map comes with a trunk of rich activities, games, props and educational resources.
  • Can't do much to change the pressure difference either since this is what makes the props turn.
  • It would have taken an essay to said what he/she said in a paragraph, props.
  • If sustained for too long, short-time working schemes can become artificial props for industries that need to shrink.
  • But technology, which has done so much damage to the recorded-music business, increasingly props it up.
  • Some even held up images or props ridiculing the various leaders of the country.
  • No, when you come down to it, they are props in a piece of high-toned silliness.
  • It was fun to see the other members of the crew get some moments and props.
British Dictionary definitions for props

props

/prɒps/
plural noun
1.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) proper respect: props to my dad

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 props

prop

n.

"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.

short for propeller, 1914.

v.

"to support," mid-15c., probably from prop (n.1) or a related verb in Dutch. Related: Propped; propping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for props

props 1

noun
  1. The property manager at a theater or movie studio (1900+ Theater)
  2. falsies
Related Terms

knock the props from under


props

noun

Proper respect: the boys described how they gain ''props,'' or popularity, by yelling explicit propositions or fondling girls who pass by (1990s+ Black teenagers)


prop

noun

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


prop

noun

A propeller (1914+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for props

prop

propeller
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Idioms and Phrases with props
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