- 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 trooping
In the coming days, Ayers, among others, will be trooping up to the Hill to discuss the issue with GOP players.Has Jim DeMint Gone Too Far?
August 30, 2013
That was after trooping down three flights of steps, crowded by crying, ten-year-old ballerinas and their few harried teachers.Really Living It
November 16, 2012
We had entered the garden, and a throng of guests were trooping after us.Princess Zara
And trooping after Daddy was almost everybody in the village.The Tale of Ferdinand Frog
Arthur Scott Bailey
Do you think I'm going to have them trooping around my cabin?The Grain Ship
And now the village ancients and the women were trooping home from church.The Day of Wrath
These are the things they bring, when you see them trooping to the castle from the valley.Browning's Heroines
Ethel Colburn Mayne
- 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 trooping
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.