Origin of croupfrom obsolete or dialect, dialectal croup, to speak hoarsely, of echoic origin, originally
Origin of croupMiddle English croupe from Old French from Frankish an unverified form kruppa: see crop
Origin of croupFrom dialectal croup to croak
- croup′ous croup′y
Origin of croupMiddle English croupe from Old French of Germanic origin
From Middle English croupe, from Old French croupe (“rump, body”), from Old Norse kroppr (“body, trunk, mass”), from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz (“body, mass, heap, collection, crop”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (“to curve, bend, crawl”). More at group, crop.
(third-person singular simple present croups, present participle crouping, simple past and past participle crouped)
- (obsolete except dialectal) To croak, make a hoarse noise.
From Scots croup, croop (“the croup”), from Scots croup, crowp, croop (“to croak, speak hoarsely, murmur, complain”), from Old Scots crowp, crope, croap (“to call loudly, croak”), alteration of rowp, roup, roip, rope (“to cry, cry hoarsely, roop”), from Middle English roupen, ropen, from Old English hrōpan (“to shout, proclaim; cry out, scream, howl”), from Proto-Germanic *hrōpaną (“to shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kor- (“to caw, crow”). More at roop.