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strap·​ping ˈstra-piŋ How to pronounce strapping (audio)
: having a vigorously sturdy constitution


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: material for a strap
: straps

Examples of strapping in a Sentence

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In The Seventh Seal, von Sydow’s Antonius Block—a knight returning from the Crusades to find his country decimated by plague—is a strapping specimen of manhood coming face-to-face, literally, with his mortality. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 9 Mar. 2020 The Marines have recently experimented with strapping vehicles to the deck of amphibious transports and utilizing their firepower to strike targets on land or even defend the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Oct. 2019 Pepe Aguilar's set came at the end, of course, and was a showcase for his strapping persona. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2019 On arrival in the southern hemisphere, Gabriela (naturally) immediately bumps into a very strapping Kiwi bachelor named Jake, played by Adam Demos (UnREAL). Ruth Kinane,, 14 Aug. 2019 Patience paid off for the strapping senior first baseman in Saturday’s 4-3 nine-inning win over Lake Central in the Class 4A LaPorte Regional semifinals. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, 3 June 2018
Meanwhile, structural steel beams and posts as well as hurricane strapping were likely utilized, which Zasada likens to a corset's boning channels and lacing, respectively. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 24 Aug. 2023 Brough secures his hives with pallet strapping and metal fasteners. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Suzuki has also reworked its packaging to ship its motors with less plastic strapping and wrapping. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 Remove brittle plastic, then weave on new vinyl strapping. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2023 Rose gold gleams from hardware, and brass strapping adds a bit of bling to the hood. Darra Baker, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2023 Rimac’s feat of technical boot-strapping makes the Nevera uniquely evocative, unlike the sterile narratives of corporate hypercars. Dan Neil, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 The son of Keen Ice was a big strapping colt who was bred to go the classic mile and a quarter. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Seven years later, Yankee — once emaciated and abused — is a strapping and beloved 110-pound house pet who can read Rhodes like a book. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1657, in the meaning defined above


1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strapping was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Strapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: robust
a strapping young man

Medical Definition


: the application of adhesive plaster in overlapping strips upon or around a part (as a sprained ankle or the chest in pleurisy) to serve as a splint to reduce motion or to hold surgical dressings in place upon a surgical wound
also : material so used
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