verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

1535–45; < French troupe, Old French trope, probably back formation from tropel herd, flock (French troupeau), equivalent to trop- (< Germanic; see thorp) + -elLatin -ellus diminutive suffix
Related formsin·ter·troop, adjective
Can be confusedtroop troupe (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for troop

Synonym study

1. See company. 8. Troop, troupe both mean a band, company, or group. Troop has various meanings as indicated in the definitions above. With the spelling troupe the word has the specialized meaning of a company of actors, singers, acrobats, or other performers. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trooping

Contemporary Examples of trooping

  • In the coming days, Ayers, among others, will be trooping up to the Hill to discuss the issue with GOP players.

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    Has Jim DeMint Gone Too Far?

    Michelle Cottle

    August 30, 2013

  • That was after trooping down three flights of steps, crowded by crying, ten-year-old ballerinas and their few harried teachers.

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    Really Living It

    Raphael Magarik

    November 16, 2012

Historical Examples of trooping

  • We had entered the garden, and a throng of guests were trooping after us.

    Princess Zara

    Ross Beeckman

  • 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

    Morgan Robertson

  • And now the village ancients and the women were trooping home from church.

    The Day of Wrath

    Maurus Jkai

  • These are the things they bring, when you see them trooping to the castle from the valley.

    Browning's Heroines

    Ethel Colburn Mayne

British Dictionary definitions for trooping



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 for troop

C16: from French troupe, from troupeau flock, of Germanic origin
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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.

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