from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leather strap looped under a horse's tail and attached to a harness or saddle to keep it from slipping forward.
- n. The rump of a horse; the croup.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strap used to stop a saddle from slipping.
- n. The buttocks or rump, especially of a horse.
- n. A piece of armour covering the hindquarters of a horse.
- v. To fit with a crupper; to place a crupper upon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The buttocks or rump of a horse.
- n. A leather loop, passing under a horse's tail, and buckled to the saddle to keep it from slipping forwards.
- transitive v. To fit with a crupper; to place a crupper upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The buttocks of a horse; the rump.
- n. A. strap of leather which is buckled at one end to the back of a saddle, or to the saddle of a harness, and at the other passes by a loop under the horse's tail, to prevent the saddle from slipping forward. Also crouper. See cut under harness.
- To put a crupper on: as, to crupper a horse.
- n. Nautical, the train-tackle bolt in a gun-carriage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tail; prevents saddle from slipping forward
Middle English crouper, from Old French cropiere, from croupe, rump; see croup2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman cropere, from Old French cropiere, from the same Germanic base as croup. (Wiktionary)