[ kruhp-er, kroo p- ]
/ ˈkrʌp ər, ˈkrʊp- /


a leather strap fastened to the saddle of a harness and looping under the tail of a horse to prevent the harness from slipping forward.
the rump or buttocks of a horse.
armor for the rump of a horse.

Nearby words

  1. crunchy,
  2. crunchy-granola,
  3. crunk,
  4. crunode,
  5. cruor,
  6. crura,
  7. crural,
  8. crural canal,
  9. crural hernia,
  10. crural sheath

Origin of crupper

1250–1300; Middle English cro(u)per, variant of cruper < Anglo-French. See croup2, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crupper


/ (ˈkrʌpə) /


a strap from the back of a saddle that passes under the horse's tail to prevent the saddle from slipping forwards
the part of the horse's rump behind the saddle

Word Origin for crupper

C13: from Old French crupiere, from crupe croup ²

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