- The definition of a prop is a person or thing who provides support or holds something up, or an object used on the set of a play or movie.
- A pole that keeps up an awning is an example of a prop.
- A clipboard used by a character in a play is an example of a prop.
- To prop is to position something in a way that it can provide support, or to lean an object up against something else so it stays close to upright.
- When you stick a pole under an awning to make the awning stay up, this is an example of a situation where you prop up the awning.
- When you lean your instrument against the wall so it doesn't fall over, this is an example of a time when you prop up your instrument.
prop definition by Webster's New World
- a rigid support, as a beam, stake, or pole, placed under or against a structure or part
- a person or thing that gives support or aid to a person, institution, etc.
Origin: Middle English proppe ; from Middle Dutch prop, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to German pfropfen, stopper
prop definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
- One that serves as a means of support or assistance.
Origin: Middle English proppe, probably from Middle Dutch.
Origin: From propionic acid.