- a specific variety of influenza, usually named for its point of dissemination or its animal vector: Hong Kong flu; swine flu.
Origin of flu
Related Words for fluheartburn, nausea, disease, epidemic, virus, bug, pollution, flu, malady, ailment, imperfection, deficiency, affliction, frailty, illness, syndrome, cancer, sickness, disability, infection
Examples from the Web for flu
Contemporary Examples of flu
The Italian health ministry said it could not prove a direct correlation between the flu vaccine and the deaths.
The benefits are obvious, says 83-year-old Mariacristina Poggio, who sums it up succinctly: “I could die from the flu without it.”
Blister rust is like having the flu; the pine beetle is like fast acting leukemia.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Suffering from flu symptoms one day, she decided to call in sick.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
Historical Examples of flu
Then he was taken down with the 'flu' and had to give up study.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
I wish some of those fellows with the flu could have you to look after them.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
If he were on Earth, he would be certain it was the flu; in the Centaurus system, kranken.Bolden's Pets
F. L. Wallace
If he hadn't gone with the flu, that ranch'd been paid for in another year.Polly and Eleanor
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
"Was sure I was coming down with the flu," Clavering mumbled.Black Oxen
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
- the flu short for influenza
- any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
1839, flue, shortening of influenza. Spelling flu attested from 1893. For choice of middle syllable, not a common method of shortening in English, Weekley compares tec for detective, scrip for subscription.
- See influenza.