WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
strafe /streɪf/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], strafed, straf•ing. 
  1. Militaryto attack (targets) with bullets or missiles from low-flying airplanes.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
strafe  (strāf, sträf ),USA pronunciation  v.,  strafed, straf•ing, n. 
  1. Militaryto attack (ground troops or installations) by airplanes with machine-gun fire.
  2. Slang Termsto reprimand viciously.

  1. Militarya strafing attack.
strafer, n. 
  • German strafen to punish
  • 1910–15

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

strafe /streɪf; strɑːf/ vb (transitive)
  1. to machine-gun (troops, etc) from the air
  2. slang to punish harshly
  1. an act or instance of strafing
Etymology: 20th Century: from German strafen to punish

ˈstrafer n


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