Learn English – What’s the etymology of “props”


Props can mean compliment / respect / credit, for example:

Erika gets props for the great work she did on the music.

Wiktionary states that props is:

(slang) proper respect or proper recognition for another person; an expression of approval or a special acknowledgment; accolade or accolades; praise.

I've got to give props to Roger for the way he handled that situation.

How did this word come about? What is its etymology?

Best Answer

According to Etymonline:

Props as slang shortening for proper respects (or something similar) appeared c.1999.

There is an intermediate form propers, used in Otis Redding's Respect, made popular by Aretha Franklin.

give me my propers when ya get home