[ grip ]
/ grɪp /

noun Pathology. (formerly)

Nearby words

  1. gripe,
  2. gripe water,
  3. gripey,
  4. griping,
  5. gripman,
  6. gripper,
  7. gripping,
  8. grippingly,
  9. gripple,
  10. grippy

Origin of grippe

1770–80; < French, noun derivative of gripper to seize suddenly < Germanic; akin to grip, gripe

Related formsgripp·al, adjectivegrippe·like, adjectivepost·grip·pal, adjective

Can be confusedgrip gripe grippe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grippe



/ (ɡrɪp) /


a former name for influenza

Word Origin for grippe

C18: from French grippe, from gripper to seize, of Germanic origin; see grip 1

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Word Origin and History for grippe



1776, probably from French grippe "influenza," originally "seizure," verbal noun from gripper "to grasp, hook," of Frankish origin, from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (see grip (v.), gripe). Supposedly in reference to constriction of the throat felt by sufferers; the word spread through European languages after the influenza epidemic during the Russian occupation of Prussia in the Seven Years' War (c.1760), and Russian chirpu, said to be imitative of the sound of the cough, is sometimes said to be the origin or inspiration for the word.

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Medicine definitions for grippe




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