Definition of grippe in English:


Pronunciation /ɡrip/ /ɡrɪp/


old-fashioned term for influenza
‘For the next two days I had the grippe, a Brazilian-style flu that makes one wish for death.’
  • ‘At that time there seemed to be a great deal of grippe and a serious epidemic of typhoid fever throughout the state.’
  • ‘Your appreciated hope that I escape the grippe came just too late to save me from a mild attack!’
  • ‘The original host had come down with the grippe.’
  • ‘Not only is it always welcome as a beverage for entertainment, but it is an invaluable treatment for colds and grippe during the winter months.’


Late 18th century French, from gripper ‘seize’.