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, "For More Than 60 Years, in Roles Great and Small, Actor Max von Sydow Brought Greatness, Humanity and Spirit," 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, "The Marines Are Changing the Way They Do Business," 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, "Pepe Aguilar's Jaripeo Sin Fronteras is a family affair in Houston," 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,, "Christina Milian contends with goats and cute carpenters in Netflix's Falling Inn Love trailer," 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, "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 One, American ranchers near the border with Mexico, excitedly anticipate an upcoming tryout their strapping, handsome younger son Jackson (Jake Allyn) has with the New York Yankees. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘No Man’s Land’: An immigration tale told with empathy and humanity," 21 Jan. 2021 MacRae, a strapping, bespectacled Scot with a soft accent, moved to New York fifteen years ago and has been an actor and restaurant worker ever since. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "A Neighborhood Restaurant’s Last Night, for Now," 30 Mar. 2020 Other waste included strapping bands used in packaging, polythene bags and rubber tires. Fox News, "Hundreds of sharks and rays entangled in plastic, scientists say," 8 July 2019 The strapping is thin enough to flex which makes a nice smooth arch to shape the shrink wrap. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 Keller was a strapping, square-jawed Marine while Gagnon was more slender and had a distinctive mole on this face, Westemeyer said. NBC News, "Warrior in iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo was misidentified, Marines Corps admits," 16 Oct. 2019 Supportive taping and strapping can protect the foot from aggravating the plantar fasciitis even further — and orthotics can be especially helpful to wear at night to keep the foot in a flexed position and reduce pain in the morning. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What is plantar fasciitis? And what can you do to relieve the pain?," 16 July 2019 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

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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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