Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hindquarters or the rump of a horse, a strap under the girth of a horse's saddle to stop the saddle from kicking forward
  • n. The rump, the posterior.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The crupper; the buttocks.

Etymologies

A corruption of the Scottish crupper. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Knox's colleague, had given in and was speaking hotly against those who held out; that even the redoubtable John Durie had 'cracked his curple' [13] at last; and that the pulpits of Edinburgh were silent, except a very few 'who sigh and sob under the Cross.'

    Andrew Melville Famous Scots Series

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