Definition of strafe in English:

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Pronunciation: /strāf/


[with object]
Attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft: military aircraft strafed the village
More example sentences
  • Then the village is burned to the ground as those trying to escape are bombed and strafed by aircraft.
  • Unopposed for much of the raid, they dive bombed ordinary streets, strafing them with machine gun fire.
  • Several enemy aircraft were strafed and destroyed and airfield buildings were attacked.
bomb, shell, bombard, fire on, machine-gun, rake with gunfire, enfilade
archaic fusillade


An attack from low-flying aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Remember that a well-placed strafe will chew up an airplane on the ground.


Early 20th century: humorous adaptation of the German World War I catchphrase Gott strafe England 'may God punish England'.

  • This term for ‘to attack from low-flying aircraft’ was a humorous adaptation of the German First World War catchphrase Gott strafe England ‘may God punish England’.

Words that rhyme with strafe

barf, behalf, calf, chaff, coif, giraffe, Graf, graph, half, laugh, scarf, scrum half, staff, wing half

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Syllabification: strafe

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