from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strap, especially a short rope whose ends are spliced together to make a ring.
  • n. A flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening a razor.
  • transitive v. To sharpen (a razor) on a strop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strap; more specifically a piece of leather or a substitute (notably canvas), or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, for honing a razor, in this sense also called razor strop.
  • n. A bad mood or temper (see stroppy.)
  • n. A piece of rope spliced into a circular wreath, and put round a block for hanging it.
  • v. To strap.
  • v. To hone (a razor) with a strop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strap; specifically, same as strap, 3.
  • n. A piece of rope spliced into a circular wreath, and put round a block for hanging it.
  • transitive v. To draw over, or rub upon, a strop with a view to sharpen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sharpen on or as if on a strop or strap.
  • n. Same as strap. Specifically
  • n. A strap or strip of leather, thick canvas, or other flexible material, suitably propared for smoothing the edge of a razor drawn over it while it is attached by one end and held in the hand by the other; hence also, by extension, a two-sided or four-sided piece of wood, with a handle and a casing, having strips of leather of differing surfaces affixed to two sides, and the two other sides, when (as more commonly) present, covered with coarser and finer emery or other abrasive powder for use in honing a razor.
  • n. Nautical, same as strap, 1 .
  • n. In rope-making, a rope with an eye at each end, used in twisting strands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sharpen on a strop
  • n. a leather strap used to sharpen razors


Middle English strope, band of leather, probably from Old English, thong for an oar, from Latin stroppus, twisted cord, from Greek strophos, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Same as strap (which see); recorded in English since 1702. (Wiktionary)



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