From a variant of earlier strope (“loop on a harness”), from Middle English strope, stropp, from Late Old English strop, stropp (“a band, thong, strap; oar-thong”) and Old French estrope (“strap, loop on a harness”), both from Latin stroppus, struppus (“strap”), from Ancient Greek στρόφος (stróphos, “rope”), from στρέφω (stréphō, “to twist”). Cognate with Scots strap, strop (“strap, band, thong”), Dutch strop (“noose, strop, loop”), Low German Strop (“strap”), German Struppe, Strüppe, Strippe (“string, cord”), Danish strop (“strap”), Swedish stropp (“strap, loop”).
- A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 7, in The Dust of Conflict:
- The patter of feet, and clatter of strap and swivel, seemed to swell into a bewildering din, but they were almost upon the fielato offices, where the carretera entered the town, before a rifle flashed.
- A strap worn on the shoulder.
- A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
- 1712 October 13, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “THURSDAY, October 2, 1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 499; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume V, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697, page 455:
- a lively cobbler, that […] had scarce passed a day in his life without giving her [his wife] the discipline of the strap.
- Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
- A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
- A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
- (botany) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
- (botany) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
- (slang) A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.
- (slang, uncountable, archaic) Credit offered to a customer, especially for alcoholic drink.
- (journalism) Synonym of
- (slang, professional wrestling, with "the") A championship belt, or by extension, the title.
- 2001 January 31, Greg Stinson, “WWF fans actually know the WWF sucks”, in rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet, message-ID <KTUd6.firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- David Arquette was given the belt because he's a celebrity. Period. I wasn't that upset about it because even the on-air product treated it as laughable. It was a "fluke" that Arquette managed to grab the strap, and he held it for less than a week. But there was no point in it....that I do agree with.
- 2017 April 11, Jason Todd!!!, “if multiple people are coming forth saying jbl harassed them, why doesn't vince fire his ass?”, in rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet, message-ID <email@example.com>:
- When people like me were deserting the WWE during the championship reign of JBL, "The Wrestling God", Vince didn't take the strap off of him. He's certainly not going to do anything because of this little piffle.
- → Japanese: ストラップ (sutorappu)
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To beat or chastise with a strap; to whip, to lash.
- (transitive) To fasten or bind with a strap.
- (transitive) To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop
- to strap a razor