AskDefine | Define strapping

Dictionary Definition

strapping adj : muscular and heavily built; "a beefy wrestler"; "had a tall burly frame"; "clothing sizes for husky boys"; "a strapping boy of eighteen"; "`buirdly' is a Scottish term" [syn: beefy, burly, husky, buirdly]strap


1 an elongated leather strip (or or strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
2 hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it
3 a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag [syn: shoulder strap]
4 whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging


1 tie with a strap [ant: unstrap]
2 beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced" [syn: flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, trounce]
3 sharpen with a strap; "strap a razor"
4 secure (a sprained joint) with a strap [also: strapping, strapped]strapping See strap

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. present participle of strap


  1. Of a young woman full of vigor; lusty.
  2. Of a person of either sex; Having a sturdy muscular physique; robust.


Of a young woman full of vigor; lusty
Of a person of either sex; Having a sturdy muscular physique; robust


  1. Adhesive plaster for strapping injuries.
  2. A length of narrow material to be used for straps, or straps collectively.


Adhesive plaster for strapping injuries
A length of narrow material to be used for straps, or straps collectively

Extensive Definition

A strap, sometimes also called strop, is an elongated flap or ribbon, usually of fabric or leather.
Thin straps are used as part of clothing or baggage, or bedding such as a sleeping bag. See for example spaghetti strap, shoulder strap. A strap differs from a belt mainly in that a strap is usually integral to the item of clothing; either can be used in combination with buckles.
Straps are also used as fasteners to attach and bind items, to objects, animals (for example a saddle on a horse) and people, or even to tie down people and animals, as on an apparatus for corporal punishment. Occasionally a strap is specified after what it binds or holds, e.g. chin strap.

Word origin

"Strop" is the older form of strap, recorded since 1357 as loop or strap on a harness; strap appeared only since 1620 as a Scottish and/or nautical variant of 'strope.' The word "strop" probably derives from the Old French estrop, itself from the Latin stroppus "strap, band," perhaps from Etruscan, ultimately from Greek strophos "twisted band," from strephein "to turn".

External links

strapping in Czech: Strop
strapping in Dutch: Strop
strapping in Japanese: ストラップ
strapping in Polish: Rzemień

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