An item used in skit or play.

Props can be fun, stupid, and expensive. but the best props are silly.

Short for "properties", the items in a theater production used by actors during the show. Other small items on the set are simply set dressing.

This is a poker term to describe a proposition player. A "prop" is a player who is paid by the casino or cardroom to play poker, usually in order to keep games going when they get shorthanded, or to get games started. Props are usually paid a salary, but they gamble with their own money. They typically are good players (see rock) that must be adept at playing all types of poker. See also shill.

Prop (?), n.

A shell, used as a die. See Props.


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Prop (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Propped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Propping.] [Akin to LG. & D. proppen to cram, stuff, thrust into, stop, G. pfropfen, Dan. proppe, Sw. proppa; of uncertain origin, cf. G. pfropfen to graft, fr. L. propago set, layer of a plant, slip, shoot. Cf. 3d. Prop, Propagate.]

To support, or prevent from falling, by placing something under or against; as, to prop up a fence or an old building; (Fig.) to sustain; to maintain; as, to prop a declining state.


Till the bright mountains prop the incumbent sky. Pope.

For being not propp'd by ancestry. Shak.

I prop myself upon those few supports that are left me. Pope.


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Prop, n. [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. prop stopple, stopper, cork, Sw. propp, G. pfropf. See Prop, v.]

That which sustains an incumbent weight; that on which anything rests or leans for support; a support; a stay; as, a prop for a building.

"Two props of virtue."



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