Slang term for "accolades", "proper respect", or "just dues". Popularized in the 1980s by rappers who shortened the term "propers" which was in turn being used as an abbreviated version of "proper respect" at least by the 1960s. The increase in this term's usage during the late 1980s and early 1990s coincided with an increasing fascination with the mafia within rap circles. Both communities have traditionally placed great emphasis on the importance of earning and giving respect.

My four-year-old son is the king of Chutes and Ladders, but punk neighbor kids won't give him his props.

by bluedevil July 20, 2006


Proper recognition

I give him props for sleepig with Venessa

by Greg August 23, 2003


respect, recognition

Gotta give that girl props for her web site...

by VAKI5 August 18, 2003


urban slang for respect

(could i say that being more white? I think not)

hey man that was a nice shot, I give u props man

by ashdfklsdf November 25, 2004


Abrieviation of proper respect

Props dude, you just pulled the fittest girl in the club

by shritis August 30, 2006


giving proper respect to an individual or group

You can circular breathe? Props to you!

by Bungalow Bill November 19, 2001


noun. verbal recognition awarded to those who perform bold or daring feats. Praise.

Props are trumped only by mad props.

Guy 1: Did you see Jimmy clear those stairs on his skateboard?
Guy 2: Yeah, I have to give him his props for that one.

by Joey Orgler 3 July 30, 2008