strop

noun
\ ˈsträp How to pronounce strop (audio) \

Definition of strop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: strap:
a : a short rope with its ends spliced to form a circle
b : a usually leather band for sharpening a razor

strop

verb
stropped; stropping

Definition of strop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sharpen (a razor) on a strop

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Synonyms & Antonyms for strop

Synonyms: Verb

edge, grind, hone, sharpen, stone, whet

Antonyms: Verb

blunt, dull

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Examples of strop in a Sentence

Verb

at the museum they showed us how men used to strop razors with leather bands before the days of disposable blades

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, looked back at his winger throwing a strop on the bench behind him and shrugged it off with a chuckle. SI.com, "7 Things We Learned From Another Scorching Weekend of Premier League Action," 16 Sep. 2019 To remove the burr, use a leather strop, one of rubberized cork or softwood with a polishing compound on its surface. Josh Donald, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Sharpen Kitchen Knives," 17 Nov. 2017 Lay the knife over the strop’s face and draw it backward. Josh Donald, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Sharpen Kitchen Knives," 17 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sometimes a leafy twig is selected, and before this can be used the chimpanzee has to strop off the leaves. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 There’s little thunder, no off-piste mental excursions, no sense of a writer stropping his razor. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 Sometimes a leafy twig is selected, and before this can be used the chimpanzee has to strop off the leaves. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 There’s little thunder, no off-piste mental excursions, no sense of a writer stropping his razor. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of strop

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strop

Noun

Middle English — more at strap

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Dictionary Entries near strop

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stroop

stroot

strop

stroph-

strophanthin

Stropharia

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strop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strop

: a narrow piece of leather that is used for sharpening a razor
British, informal : a bad mood

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