To prop something is to support it with something. You might prop a door open with a stick so that the wind can't close it.

  • The books were propped up against the wall to make them easier to read.

  • The furniture was propped up with wooden beams to keep it from collapsing.

Definition of propping


(sometimes figurative) To support or shore up something.


To play rugby in the prop position


(usually with "up" - see prop up) To position the feet of (a person) while sitting, lying down, or reclining so that the knees are elevated at a higher level.


To manually start the engine of a propeller-driven aircraft with no electric starter by pulling vigorously on one of the propeller blades using the hands, so that the propeller can catch ignition.


The act by which something is propped.

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Example Sentences for propping

  • 1

    The props displayed in the main house are far from the majority of props.

  • 2

    Thanks for the input and for the props.

  • 3

    The props are provided on the shelf.

  • 4

    His props are steady and firm.

  • 5

    The history of the prop is well documented.

  • 6

    The prop has a larger diameter.

  • 7

    It is quite obvious that the letterhead prop was a typo.

  • 8

    Props really add to the enjoyment of the game.

  • 9

    Ralph's donated some of the props for the movie.

  • 10

    Sets and props had to be protected in the downpour.