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[grip] /grɪp/
noun, Pathology. (formerly)
Origin of grippe
1770-80; < French, noun derivative of gripper to seize suddenly < Germanic; akin to grip, gripe
Related forms
grippal, adjective
grippelike, adjective
postgrippal, adjective
Can be confused
grip, gripe, grippe. Unabridged
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  • "Lots of grippe 'round town," observed Neergard, as though satisfied that Gerald had it.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • And if it turns out to be the grippe, Edward, don't lose an instant.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • We found that about two thirds of the tribe were suffering either from the measles or the grippe.

  • He called on her before her nose had quite lost the grippe or her temper the badness.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Then, one Christmas, Mrs. Brandeis was ill for three weeks with grippe.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • When Verdi wrote, he failed to make allowance for a sudden attack of the grippe.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • The hot-blanket pack is indicated at the onset of many fevers such as in typhoid, grippe, pneumonia, etc.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • It was about ten years ago, and I caught a grippe germ from him.

    Outside Inn Ethel M. Kelley
  • grippe, pneumonia or lung fever, and what we call colds are caught in exactly the same way.

    The Child's Day Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for grippe


a former name for influenza
Word Origin
C18: from French grippe, from gripper to seize, of Germanic origin; see grip1
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Word Origin and History for grippe

1776, probably from French grippe "influenza," originally "seizure," verbal noun from gripper "to grasp, hook," of Frankish origin, from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (see grip (v.), gripe). Supposedly in reference to constriction of the throat felt by sufferers; the word spread through European languages after the influenza epidemic during the Russian occupation of Prussia in the Seven Years' War (c.1760), and Russian chirpu, said to be imitative of the sound of the cough, is sometimes said to be the origin or inspiration for the word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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grippe in Medicine

grippe or grip (grĭp)
See influenza.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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