croup

noun (1)
\ ˈkrüp How to pronounce croup (audio) \

Definition of croup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the rump of a quadruped

croup

noun (2)

Definition of croup (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation, edema, and subsequent obstruction of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi especially of infants and young children that is typically caused by a parainfluenza virus and is marked by episodes of difficult breathing and low-pitched cough resembling the bark of a seal

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Noun (2)

croupy \ ˈkrü-​pē How to pronounce croup (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of croup

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for croup

Noun (1)

Middle English croupe, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop

Noun (2)

English dialect croup to cry hoarsely, cough, probably of imitative origin

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“Croup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/croup. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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croup

noun
\ ˈkrüp How to pronounce croup (audio) \

Kids Definition of croup

: an illness that usually affects young children and causes a hoarse cough and difficult breathing

croup

noun
\ ˈkrüp How to pronounce croup (audio) \

Medical Definition of croup

: inflammation, edema, and subsequent obstruction of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi especially of infants and young children that is typically caused by a parainfluenza virus and is marked by episodes of difficult breathing and low-pitched cough resembling the bark of a seal

Other Words from croup

croupous \ ˈkrü-​pəs How to pronounce croup (audio) \ adjective
croupy \ -​pē How to pronounce croup (audio) \ adjective croupier; croupiest

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