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[roop] /rup/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
any catarrhal inflammation of the eyes and nasal passages of poultry.
Origin of roup1
First recorded in 1800-10; origin uncertain


[roop] /rup/
hoarseness or huskiness.
First recorded in 1575-85; probably imitative


[roup] /raʊp/
noun, verb (used with object), Scot. and North England.
auction (defs 1, 3).
1250-1300; Middle English roupen to cry, shout < Old Norse raupa to boast (or hrōpa to shout) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for roup
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  • roup is caused by exposure to excessive wet or very cold winds.

    Poultry Hugh Piper
  • roup is a disease of the wrong system and careless management.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • They were both bidding at the roup and some business thegither.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West
  • A man would come to the roup late, and learn that the seat he wanted had been knocked down.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • The more usual words in old English were outcry, outrope (still familiar in Scotland as roup, cf. German ruf) and port sale.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
  • When he got the estate into trouble it was my care and skill saved it from roup and rent rack.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He died just at the roup of the stocking and furniture; it stoppit the roup, and mony folk were disappointed.

  • Cramp, roup, and some other diseases, more frequently arise from stagnant wet in the soil than from any other cause.

    Poultry Hugh Piper
  • The roup was no a week after; an', oh, it was a grievous sicht to see hoo the crop an' the cattle went for just naething.

  • Three days later it was understood at the "smiddy" that Burnbrae's roup was likely to be a success.

British Dictionary definitions for roup


(vet science) any of various chronic respiratory diseases of birds, esp poultry
Derived Forms
roupy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin


verb (transitive)
to sell by auction
an auction
Word Origin
C16 (originally: to shout): of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic raupa to boast
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