strap·​ping | \ ˈstra-piŋ How to pronounce strapping (audio) \

Definition of strapping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a vigorously sturdy constitution



Definition of strapping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : material for a strap
2 : straps

Examples of strapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rose gold gleams from hardware, and brass strapping adds a bit of bling to the hood. Darra Baker, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 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 Fully loaded, the Minute feels solid, with strapping-wide tires providing plenty of grip and Tektro disc brakes keeping it all under control. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Ramin Karimloo, the musical’s strapping, charming leading man, brushes it all off, not unlike Nicky Arnstein. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 The researchers don’t know what comes first: the strapping spleen, the social cachet, or a third X factor that might trigger both. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2022 The strapping has developed green mossy coloration and white specks that look like the beginnings of fungus or mold. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 So, sure, the show can sometimes feel like a montage of strapping, bearded men introducing themselves to each other before beating each other up. Caroline Framke, Variety, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strapping


1657, in the meaning defined above


1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Strapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for strapping


strap·​ping | \ ˈstra-piŋ \

Kids Definition of strapping

: strong and healthy a strapping young man



Medical Definition of strapping

: 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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