noun Pathology. (formerly)

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

Examples from the Web for grippe

Contemporary Examples of grippe

  • I remember when I read Eternity, I was sick with grippe at the time and I just got sicker.

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    Norman Mailer vs. Everyone

    Norman Mailer

    February 27, 2009

Historical Examples of grippe

  • That was last winter—of the grippe—and I tell you I've felt bad about Sarah ever since.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • In cases of grippe put the child to bed and call the doctor.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • And if it turns out to be the grippe, Edward, don't lose an instant.

    Evening Dress

    W. D. Howells

  • He called on her before her nose had quite lost the grippe or her temper the badness.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • First he said it was cold—then it was grippe; then it looked like something else.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston

    Caroline E. Jacobs

British Dictionary definitions for grippe




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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grippe in Medicine



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