- 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.
- 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 of propMiddle English proppe ; from MDu, prop, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to German pfropfen, stopper
- to support, hold up, or hold in place with or as with a prop: often with up
- to place or lean (something) against a support
- to sustain or bolster
- 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.
transitive verbpropped propped, prop·ping, props
Origin of propMiddle English proppe, probably from Middle Dutch.
- Any of the articles other than costumes and scenery used by an actor or performer during a performance on stage or in a film.
- Someone or something displayed to impress others or provide a false impression.
Origin of propShort for property.
Origin of prop-From propionic acid.
(third-person singular simple present props, present participle propping, simple past and past participle propped)
- To support or shore up something.
- Try using a phone book to prop up the table where the foot is missing.
Akin to German Pfropfen and Danish proppe, compare Latin propago (“layer of a plant")
- In stagecraft, usually the term prop is reserved for an object with which an actor or performer interacts (e.g., a glass, a book, or a weapon). Larger items adding to the scene, (e.g. chairs) are considered part of the set.
- Props are often non-functional. A prop that is required to function is a "practical" prop.
Abbreviation of property.
Abbreviation of propeller.
Abbreviation of proposition.
- (law) Abbreviation of property.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.