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!
Late 18th century: French, from gripper 'seize'.
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