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

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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, "Take that: Chris Torres' RBI double in ninth lifts Chesterton past Lake Central in regional semifinals," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s also a growing taste for industrial design, with metal cabinetry and stoves with metal strapping and levers. Stacey Altherr, WSJ, "Inside the Kitchens of America’s Most-Expensive Homes," 19 Nov. 2018 The sled, an elongated and, indeed, skeletal construction of darkened timber and leather strapping, accompanied Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the Terra Nova expedition, his second attempt to be first to reach the South Pole. Steve Johnson,, "'Antarctic Dinosaurs' bring new ice age to Field Museum," 13 June 2018 Some friends had another name for the strapping, 6-foot airman. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "Ellicott City ‘hero’ urged friends to honor Memorial Day — then died trying to save a stranger," 29 May 2018 Whelton is thoroughly persuasive as the strapping, impulsive Mat. Don Aucoin,, "‘Anna Christie’ shows its age at Lyric Stage," 10 Apr. 2018 The film’s producer, an old family friend, suggested that the strapping, 6-foot-4 Mr. Gavin have a screen test. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "John Gavin, Hollywood actor who served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, dies at 86," 10 Feb. 2018 Winters, a strapping, 19-year-old 6-4, 270-pound senior defensive tackle who seemingly could lift half a weight room and who ran a 4.9 40-yard dash, inexplicably died. Ron Higgins,, "The last hurrah of Devin Winters," 7 Feb. 2018 With its slinky, figure-hugging silhouette and asymmetrical strapping, the dress is a sizzling option for Valentine’s Day date night (plus, it can be worn well after the holiday, too). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Allow Dakota Johnson to be Your Valentine’s Day Inspiration," 3 Feb. 2018 In addition, why so many gay men are attracted to the strapping, wildly endowed Tom of Finland-type male image is one of several deeper psychosexual issues that go underexplored. Gary Goldstein,, "Entertaining portrait of iconic gay artist in biopic 'Tom of Finland'," 19 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of strapping was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of strapping

of a person : tall, strong, and healthy


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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