- an assemblage of persons or things; company; band.
- a great number or multitude: A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
- Military. an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
- troops, a body of soldiers, police, etc.: Mounted troops quelled the riot.
- a single soldier, police officer, etc.: Three troops were killed today by a roadside bomb.
- a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
- a herd, flock, or swarm.
- Archaic. a band or troupe of actors.
- to gather in a company; flock together.
- to come, go, or pass in great numbers; throng.
- to walk, as if in a march; go: to troop down to breakfast.
- to walk, march, or pass in rank or order: The students trooped into the auditorium.
- to associate or consort (usually followed by with).
- British Military. to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
- Obsolete. to assemble or form into a troop or troops.
Origin of troop
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Examples from the Web for trooped
The people seemed not at all frightened as they trooped past to begin their day.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
All the inhabitants of the court had trooped out into the street.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Groups of us trooped down to New York to giggle at our friend, and ourselves on stage.Lynn Sherr Remembers College Friend Nora Ephron
June 29, 2012
My aunt called us at this, and we all trooped into the house again.In the Valley
Lucy Ann retreated before them into the house, and they all trooped in after her.Tiverton Tales
In they trooped, and, for a moment, everybody seemed to be talking at once.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
They trooped into the saloon to square their bets, the Duke going his way to the barn.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
But Pete was now going out of doors and they all trooped after him.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
- a large group or assembly; flocka troop of children
- a subdivision of a cavalry squadron or artillery battery of about platoon size
- (plural) armed forces; soldiers
- a large group of Scouts comprising several patrols
- an archaic spelling of troupe
- (intr) to gather, move, or march in or as if in a crowd
- (tr) military, mainly British to parade (the colour or flag) ceremoniallytrooping the colour
- (tr) British military slang (formerly) to report (a serviceman) for a breach of discipline
- (intr) an archaic word for consort (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for trooped
1540s, "body of soldiers," from Middle French troupe, from Old French trope "band of people, company, troop" (13c.), probably from Frankish *throp "assembly, gathering of people" (cf. Old English ðorp, Old Norse thorp "village," see thorp). OED derives the French word from Latin troppus "flock," which is of unknown origin but may be from the Germanic source.
1560s, "to assemble," from troop (n.). Meaning "to march" is recorded from 1590s; that of "to go in great numbers, to flock" is from c.1600. Related: Trooped; trooping.