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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).


  • IPA(key): /stɹæp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æp


strap (countable and uncountable, plural straps)

  1. 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.
    1. A strap worn on the shoulder.
  2. A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
  3. Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  4. A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
  5. A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
    1. (carpentry, machinery) A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
    2. (nautical) A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
  6. (botany) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  7. (botany) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
  8. (slang) A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.
  9. (slang, uncountable, archaic) Credit offered to a customer, especially for alcoholic drink.
  10. (journalism) Synonym of strapline
  11. (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, Usenet[1], message-ID <KTUd6.209692$>:
      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.
    • 2015, Arnold Furious, “Unforgiven 2002”, in The Complete WWE Guide Volume #6, →ISBN, page 60:
      During 2002, Triple H began this run of title defences of the Big Gold Belt. He'd basically been given the strap earlier in the month and there was a feeling he didn't deserve it.
    • 2017 April 11, Jason Todd!!!, “if multiple people are coming forth saying jbl harassed them, why doesn't vince fire his ass?”, in, Usenet[2], message-ID <>:
      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.

Derived termsEdit


  • Japanese: ストラップ (sutorappu)


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strap (third-person singular simple present straps, present participle strapping, simple past and past participle strapped)

  1. (transitive) To beat or chastise with a strap; to whip, to lash.
  2. (transitive) To fasten or bind with a strap.
  3. (transitive) To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop
    to strap a razor

Derived termsEdit







  1. second-person singular imperative of strapić