stirrup

noun

stir·​rup
ˈstər-əp,
 also  ˈstir-əp,
or
ˈstə-rəp How to pronounce stirrup (audio)
1
: either of a pair of small light frames or rings for receiving the foot of a rider that are attached by a strap to a saddle and used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding
2
: a piece resembling a stirrup: such as
a
: one used as a support or clamp in carpentry and machinery
b
: a stirrup-shaped footrest
3
: a rope secured to a yard and attached to a thimble in its lower end for supporting a footrope
4
: stapes

Examples of stirrup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a woman is told to remove her clothing from the waist down, sit on the table, put her legs in the stirrups and push down to the end of the table, there should be only two people in that room. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 10 Mar. 2024 What was comfortable—and a direct result of the fairly empty flight—was putting the hammock over the tray table of the seat next to me and sitting sideways with my feet up in the stirrup, knees resting on that seat’s back. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 May 2023 Much of the book charts the evolution of agriculture—after all, most human beings in recent millennia have been farmers—tracing the development of new and better edible plants, as well as pivotal inventions such as the stirrup, the iron plow, and the horse collar. Philip Coggan, Foreign Affairs, 14 Apr. 2020 There are subtle equestrian touches, too, such as Ralph Lauren stirrup sconces, custom trophy lamps, and custom leatherwork on throw pillows reminiscent of a bridle and reins. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 The pants are a pull-on overall/bib style with adjustable shoulder straps, elastic waist and hem, and adjustable boot stirrups, which ensure the pant’s legs stay tucked in place. Maya Polton, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 What was once avant-garde (the pantaloon, the stirrup, the male stocking, the chubby old manager inexplicably kitting up in full uniform) has become passé. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Women can conduct routine vaginal swabbing themselves rather than submit to stirrups. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 12 Jan. 2024 Check out Plush’s fleece tights with stirrups at the bottom. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English stirop, from Old English stigrāp, from stig- (akin to Old High German stīgan to go up) + rāp rope — more at stair, rope

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stirrup was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stirrup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stirrup. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

stirrup

noun
stir·​rup ˈstər-əp How to pronounce stirrup (audio)
 also  ˈstir-əp,
 or  ˈstə-rəp
1
: either of a pair of small light frames often of metal hung by straps from a saddle and used as a support for the foot of a horseback rider
2
: the innermost bone of the chain of three small bones in the middle ear of a mammal

called also stapes

Medical Definition

stirrup

noun
stir·​rup
ˈstər-əp also ˈstir-əp or ˈstə-rəp
1
: stapes
2
: an attachment to an examining or operating table designed to raise and spread the legs of a patient

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