prop

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See also: Prop. and prop-

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Akin to German Pfropfen and Danish proppe, compare Latin propago (layer of a plant)

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Noun[edit]

prop (plural props)

  1. An object placed against or under another, to support it; anything that supports.
    They stuck a block of wood under it as a prop.
  2. (rugby) The player who is next to the hooker in a scrum.
  3. One of the seashells in the game of props.
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Verb[edit]

prop (third-person singular simple present props, present participle propping, simple past and past participle propped)

  1. (transitive) To support or shore up something.
    Try using a phone book to prop up the table where the foot is missing.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of property.

Noun[edit]

prop (plural props)

  1. (theater, film) An item placed on a stage or set to create a scene or scenario in which actors perform. Contraction of "property".
    They used the trophy as a prop in the movie.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In stagecraft, usually the term prop is reserved for an object with which an actor or performer interacts (e.g., a glass, a book, or a weapon). Larger items adding to the scene, (e.g. chairs) are considered part of the set.
  • Props are often non-functional. A prop that is required to function is a "practical" prop.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Abbreviation of propeller.

Noun[edit]

prop (plural props)

  1. The propeller of an aircraft.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Abbreviation of proposition.

Noun[edit]

prop (plural props)

  1. A proposition, especially on an election-day ballot.
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Noun[edit]

prop f, m (plural proppen, diminutive propje n)

  1. swab, plug made of paper or cloth

Verb[edit]

prop

  1. first-person singular present indicative of proppen
  2. imperative of proppen