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troop

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noun \ˈtrüp\

Simple Definition of troop

  • : a group of soldiers

  • troops : soldiers in a group

  • : a group of people or things

Full Definition of troop

  1. 1a :  a group of soldiersb :  a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry companyc plural :  armed forces, soldiers

  2. 2 :  a collection of people or things :  crew 2

  3. 3 :  a flock of mammals or birds

  4. 4 :  the basic organizational unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts under an adult leader

Examples of troop

  1. Where is his troop heading?

  2. a plan to withdraw troops

  3. a troop of enthusiastic children



Origin of troop

Middle French trope, troupe company, herd, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English thorp, throp village — more at thorp


First Known Use: 1545


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troop

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of troop

  • : to walk somewhere in a group

Full Definition of troop

  1. 1 :  to move or gather in crowds

  2. 2 :  to go one's way :  walk

  3. 3 :  to spend time together :  associate

  4. 4 :  to move in large numbers

Examples of troop

  1. We all trooped back inside.

  2. The kids trooped off to school.



1565

First Known Use of troop

1565




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