What does prop mean?

Definitions for prop

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word prop.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. propnoun

    a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling

  2. property, propnoun

    any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie

    "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"

  3. airplane propeller, airscrew, propverb

    a propeller that rotates to push against air

  4. prop up, prop, shore up, shoreverb

    support by placing against something solid or rigid

    "shore and buttress an old building"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Propnoun

    A support; a stay; that on which any thing rests.

    Etymology: proppe, Dutch.

    The boy was the very staff of my age, my very prop. Sha.

    You take my house, when you do take the prop
    That doth sustain my house; you take my life,
    When you do take the means whereby I live. William Shakespeare.

    Some plants creep along the ground, or wind about other trees or props, and cannot support themselves. Francis Bacon.

    That he might on many props repose,
    He strengths his own, and who his part did take. Daniel.

    Again, if by the body’s prop we stand,
    If on the body’s life, her life depend,
    As Meleager’s on the fatal brand,
    The body’s good she only would intend. Davies.

    Fairest unsupported flower
    From her best prop so far. John Milton.

    The current of his vict’ries found no stop,
    Till Cromwell came, his party’s chiefest prop. Edmund Waller.

    ’Twas a considerable time before the great fragments that fell rested in a firm posture; for the props and stays, whereby they leaned one upon another, often failed. Burnet.

    The props return
    Into thy house, that bore the burden’d vines. Dryden.

  2. To Propverb

    Etymology: proppen, Dutch.

    What we by day
    Lop overgrown, or prop, or bind,
    One night derides. John Milton.

    Like these earth unsupported keeps its place,
    Though no fixt bottom props the weighty mass. Thomas Creech.

    Eternal snows the growing mass supply,
    Till the bright mountains prop th’ incumbent sky;
    As Atlas fix’d each hoary pile appears. Alexander Pope.

    The nearer I find myself verging to that period, which is to be labour and sorrow, the more I prop myself upon those few supports that are left me. Alexander Pope.


  1. Prop

    A prop, formally known as (theatrical) property, is an object used on stage or screen by actors during a performance or screen production. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage or a set, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes, and electrical equipment.


  1. prop

    A prop, in general terms, refers to an object used on the stage or on screen by actors during a performance. In different contexts, it can also represent support or backing for something or someone. Additionally, in aeronautics, a 'prop' can be a short form of 'propeller' of an aircraft. So, the exact definition may vary depending on the context in which the term is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propnoun

    a shell, used as a die. See Props

  2. Propverb

    to support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state

  3. Prop

    that which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a stay; as, a prop for a building

  4. Etymology: [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. prop stopple, stopper, cork, Sw. propp, G. pfropf. See Prop, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prop

    prop, n. anything on which a weight rests for support: a support: a stay.—v.t. to keep from falling by means of something placed under or against: to support or to sustain in any way:—pr.p. prop′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. propped.—n. Prop′page. [Allied to Sw. propp, Ger. propf, a stopper; some connect also with Ger. pfropf, a graft—L. propago, a set, layer.]

Suggested Resources

  1. PROP

    What does PROP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PROP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce prop?

How to say prop in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prop in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of prop in a Sentence

  1. Eric Burkett:

    This is our forever home, Eric Burkett said, holding back tears as Eric Burkett six year old son Lochlen patted his arm. There's a master bathroom that is completely accessible. There are adaptive showers so that Eric Burkett can bathe Eric Burkett and self-lowering shelves in the state-of-the-art kitchen, so that now Eric Burkett can cook again for Eric Burkett family. The idea of getting up and moving around freely without thinking about logistics. Should I use a chair ? Should I use crutches ? All that's gone, Eric Burkett said. Pointing to the wall of Eric Burkett new home outside Pittsburgh, this Marine has a few reminders from Flag Day that Eric Burkett life changed on a training mission in Morocco. That is actually of one of the prop rotors of the V-22 that crashed. On the back of that, I don't know how many Marines signed that, Eric Burkett said. The foundation started by actor Gary Sinise, best known for Gary Sinise role as Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, is trying to build 10 to 12 homes per year for severely injured veterans and first responders. It will hand over the keys to its 50th smart home this August. Donations from Home Depot, JC Penny, GE, Benjamin Moore and the Semper Fi Fund among others made Home Depot possible. Fox News first told the Burketts' story in 2014 while The Burketts ' and The Burketts ' family were recovering at Walter Reed. The Burketts ' and The Burketts ' wife were raising their four children at the time in a set of tiny rooms at the hospital. They have since given birth to twins, Nolynn and Roawyn, who are now 18 months old. A master archer, Eric Burkett began competing as a Paralympian in an effort to begin to heal after the crash. I hate shooting from a wheelchair. A lot of guys don't mind it because you're a little bit lower, you don't have to worry about this instability of your legs.

  2. Daleep Singh:

    The contraction this year is smaller than what I predicted publicly, but to my mind what Putin has done is prop up this year’s growth, in an accounting sense, by sacrificing long term growth potential, the lasting consequence of this war will be that Russia has lost Europe and the G7 as energy consumers and that’s going to dry out the major source of export revenue that remains. And it’s going to leave Russia as a smaller, weaker, more isolated economy.

  3. Scott Fullman:

    People are also maybe hoping that there's going to be something said that will help prop the stock up.

  4. Austin Shafran:

    What happened in San Francisco will have zero impact in New York City, we don't need a Prop F. What we need is Airbnb to follow the law.

  5. Jamie Lynn:

    It wasn't even really my brand, i was a prop to a lot of things, but at the same time, I was never allowed to control my own narrative or have my own voice unless it was in line with everything. I was never allowed to do anything or say anything that would possibly put my sister in a bad light.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for prop

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for prop »


Find a translation for the prop definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"prop." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 27 Feb. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/prop>.

Discuss these prop definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for prop? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    add details, as to an account or idea
    • A. descant
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. fluster
    • D. lucubrate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for prop: