plural in form but usually singular in construction
slang : due sense a
takes pains to give the man his propsDan Epstein
slang : respect
teachers have to earn their props just like everybody elseGreg Donaldson
slang : credit sense 6b
at least deserves props for writing a song about something that rings trueJim Abbott

Word History


short for proper dues

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of props was in 1990

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“Props.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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