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
  1. noun
    an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
    synonyms: flu, influenza
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    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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