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From Middle English stirop, stirope, from Old English stiġrāp (stirrup), a compound of stiġe ("ascent, descent, a going up or down"; related to stīġan (to climb)) and rāp (rope), equivalent to sty +‎ rope.

Cognate with Dutch stegereep, stegelreep (stirrup), Old Saxon stigerēp (stirrup), Middle High German stereip, stegreif ("stirrup"; > German Stegreif (improvisation)), Icelandic stigreip (stirrup).



stirrup (plural stirrups)

  1. (equestrianism) A ring or hoop suspended by a rope or strap from the saddle, for a horseman's foot while mounting or riding.
  2. (by extension) Any piece shaped like the stirrup of a saddle, used as a support, clamp, etc.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. [] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.
    1. (climbing) A portable, flexible ladder-like device used in climbing.
      Synonyms: aider, étrier
  3. (anatomy) A stapes.
  4. (nautical) A rope secured to a yard, with a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope.
  5. (construction) A bent rebar wrapped around the main rebars to reinforce against shear stress.

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stirrup (not comparable)

  1. Referring to women's pants/trousers: being of a form, commonly worn by women, that includes a strap beneath the arch of the foot.

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