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Props

To give someone props is to pay respect, often reluctantly, with newfound appreciation, or with implicit acknowledgement that the respect is long overdue. It’s a new noun of American origin, dating from the 1980s, and it was probably originally short for proper respect. It’s usually treated as plural.

Several dictionaries list props as African-American slang, but the word is used widely—albeit mostly in informal contexts—and it has survived nearly 30 years, so it might someday outgrow the slang designation.


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Examples

He gave props to his wife and kids for their ongoing support. [OK Magazine]

Boucher is an enthusiastic fan of everything she picks out, even giving props to Justin Bieber. [Prefix]

Fay and company give props to those poor, maligned “sexually aggressive, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, cowardly, illiterate, waste of human skin” that make the comments sections of our lives so colorful. [Salon]

Let us pause to give props to both the National Theatre of Great Britain, the company behind this production. [NBC Los Angeles]

The University of Miami will give props to its second-ever national championship team – the undefeated 1987 Hurricanes – on Saturday October 20th. [All Canes]

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