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

  • n. A pathological condition of the larynx, especially in infants and children, that is characterized by respiratory difficulty and a hoarse, brassy cough.
  • n. The rump of a beast of burden, especially a horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The top of the rump of a horse.
  • v. To croak, make a hoarse noise.
  • n. An infectious illness of the larynx, especially in young children, causing respiratory difficulty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hinder part or buttocks of certain quadrupeds, especially of a horse; hence, the place behind the saddle.
  • n. An inflammatory affection of the larynx or trachea, accompanied by a hoarse, ringing cough and stridulous, difficult breathing; esp., such an affection when associated with the development of a false membrane in the air passages (also called membranous croup). See False croup, under false, and diphtheria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry out; cry hoarsely; specifically, to cough hoarsely, as in croup.
  • n. A name applied to a variety of diseases in which there is some interference at the glottis with respiration.
  • n. The rump or buttocks of certain animals, especially of a horse; hence, the place behind the saddle.
  • n. A hump or hunch on an animal's body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disease of infants and young children; harsh coughing and hoarseness and fever and difficult breathing
  • n. the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks


From dialectal croup, to croak.
Middle English croupe, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English croupe, from Old French croupe ("rump, body"), from Old Norse kroppr ("body, trunk, mass"), from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz (“body, mass, heap, collection, crop”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (“to curve, bend, crawl”). More at group, crop. (Wiktionary)
From Scots croup, croop ("the croup"), from Scots croup, crowp, croop ("to croak, speak hoarsely, murmur, complain"), from Old Scots crowp, crope, croap ("to call loudly, croak"), alteration of rowp, roup, roip, rope ("to cry, cry hoarsely, roop"), from Middle English roupen, ropen, from Old English hrōpan ("to shout, proclaim; cry out, scream, howl"), from Proto-Germanic *hrōpanan (“to shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kor- (“to caw, crow”). More at roop. (Wiktionary)



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