Grippe is an old fashioned word for the flu — the virus that can give you a fever, sore throat, and a headache. If you fear you're coming down with the grippe, you might spend the day in bed drinking tea.

When someone feels achy, shivery, and tired, they probably fear having the grippe, which is highly contagious and sickens many people each year, mostly in the winter months. Today it's more commonly called the flu, short for influenza. English speakers called it the grippe in the eighteenth century, from the French grippe, which means "influenza," but also "seizure," from gripper, "grasp or hook."

Definitions of grippe

n an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease

flu, influenza
Asian influenza, Asiatic flu
influenza caused by the Asian virus that was first isolated in 1957
swine flu, swine influenza
an acute and highly contagious respiratory disease of swine caused by the orthomyxovirus thought to be the same virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic
Type of:
contagion, contagious disease
any disease easily transmitted by contact
respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness
a disease affecting the respiratory system

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