Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An infectious disease of poultry and pigeons characterized by inflammation of and mucous discharge from the mouth and eyes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cry or shout
  • v. To sell by auction.
  • n. An outcry.
  • n. A sale of goods by auction.
  • n. An infectious disease of poultry caused by Trichomonas gallinae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outcry; hence, a sale of gods by auction.
  • n. A disease in poultry. See Pip.
  • v. To cry or shout; hence, to sell by auction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sell by outcry for bids; sell at public auction; auction.
  • n. Same as roop.
  • n. A sale of goods by outcry; a public auction.
  • n. An infectious disease of the respiratory passages of poultry, closely similar in character and origin to catarrh in man, but more virulent and rapid in its progress, and very commonly fatal.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from Old English hrōpan ("to cry out"), compare German rufen. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After the roup, that is the sale, of his crop was over, Burns, in one of his letters, describes the scene that took place within and without his house.

    Robert Burns

  • The cases of type, the presses, the ink-rollers, the damp proof-sheets -- chiefly of bills announcing public meetings or the "roup" of some bankrupt farmer's stock -- filled me with wonder and delight.

    Memoirs of Sir Wemyss Reid 1842-1885

  • Rabine started Rabine Paving at 18 and is now the Founder and CEO of the Rabine Group, a roup of small companies serving facilities managers across America, and delivering maintenance and construction services of parking lots and roofs.

    Job Creators Alliance: Job Creation Should Be Government's Focus, Not Regulations

  • The troop increases come a month after Somali militant g roup al Shabaab launched a bloody attack on the Ugandan capital, which the militants said was retaliation for Ugandan involvement in Mogadishu.

    Africa Sends More Troops To Stem Somali Militancy

  • In January, Mr. Dibelius drew more fire after he told a g roup of students that banks "do not have an obligation to promote the public good."

    In Germany, a Backlash

  • " When you have this large speculative exposure built up, you do run a risk, " said Tim Evans , a commodity analyst at Citi Futures Perspective, a commodity-research arm of Citig roup.

    Commodities Whipsaw Investors

  • I did not feel I had the right to go to or change ph\yscians–must stay within a certain g roup.

    Lobbying for Your Health: 150,000 seniors in revolt

  • He watched the whole thing, from when Smythe-Wesson sliced up the first g roup of Solids to the decapitation of the volcano and the treelike Solids of the wedding party, to the burial of the catseye stones.

    Massage

  • With thrilling immediacy, Humbert's book guides us through the first stumbling steps of what became known as the Musée de l'Homme roup, a disparate cell of writers, linguists, historians and social gadflies led by a charismatic Polish ethnographer, Boris Vildé.

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  • "We would have preferred that the event take place in a more barren area than Mama, preferably in the north where the desert is fast advancing," Jacob N'Zi, head of the Ecological roup of Ivory Coast

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • 'When they crossed over the burn and turned into the road that led back to the farmhouse they found the dykes plastered with intimations of a sale of live stock. "Ah, it's a roup! Old Mr. Gumley must be dead, poor soul!" And indeed the road was lined with farmers' gigs, paint and brass-work blazing with the evening light till they looked like fiery chariots that would presently lift to heaven.'

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 23, 2009