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Princeton's WordNet

  1. troopnoun

    a group of soldiers

  2. troopnoun

    a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company

  3. troop, scout troop, scout groupnoun

    a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts

  4. troop, flockverb

    an orderly crowd

    "a troop of children"

  5. parade, troop, promenadeverb

    march in a procession

    "the veterans paraded down the street"

  6. troopverb

    move or march as if in a crowd

    "They children trooped into the room"


  1. troopnoun

    A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.

  2. troopnoun

    A small unit of cavalry or armour commanded by a captain, corresponding to a platoon or company of infantry.

  3. troopnoun

    A detachment of soldiers or police, especially horse artillery, armour, or state troopers.

  4. troopnoun

    Soldiers, military forces (usually "troops").

  5. troopnoun

    A company of stageplayers; a troupe.

  6. troopnoun

    A particular roll of the drum

  7. troopnoun

    a unit of girl or boy scouts

  8. troopnoun

    an orderly crowd

  9. troopnoun

    Mushrooms that are in a close group but not close enough to be called a cluster.

  10. troopverb

    To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.

  11. troopverb

    To march on; to go forward in haste.

  12. troopverb

    to move or march as if in a crowd; The children trooped into the room.

  13. Etymology: Attested in English since 1545, from troupe (back-formation of troupeau, diminutive of troppus "flock") and troupe (from trope), both of origin from Old, from þurpan, from treb-. Akin to þorp (Modern thorp), þorp, þorp. More at thorp.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TROOPnoun

    Etymology: troupe, Fr. troppa, Italian; troope, Dutch; trop, Swedish; troppa, low Latin.

    That which should accompany old age,
    As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Saw you not a blessed troop
    Invite me to a banquet, whose bright faces
    Cast thousand beams upon me like the sun. William Shakespeare.

    As the mind, by putting together the repeated ideas of unity, makes the collective mode of any number, as a score, or a gross; so by putting together several particular substances, it makes collective ideas of substances, as a troop, an army. John Locke.

    Æneas seeks his absent foe,
    And sends his slaughter’d troops to shades below. Dryden.

  2. To Troopverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I do not, as an enemy to peace,
    Troop in the throngs of military men,
    But rather shew a while like fearful war. William Shakespeare.

    They anon
    With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came,
    Attended. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i.

    Armies at the call of trumpet
    Troop to their standard. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger,
    At whose approach ghosts, wand’ring here and there,
    Troop home to churchyards. William Shakespeare.

    The dry streets flow’d with men,
    That troop’d up to the king’s capacious court. George Chapman.

    I do invest you jointly with my power,
    Preheminence, and all the large effects
    That troop with majesty. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. troop

    A troop generally refers to a group of soldiers or people working together as a unit, especially in the armed forces. It can also refer to a group of animals or people involved in a common activity, such as scouting groups.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Troopnoun

    a collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude

  2. Troopnoun

    soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in the plural

  3. Troopnoun

    specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse, or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men, commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry, corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also, a company of horse artillery; a battery

  4. Troopnoun

    a company of stageplayers; a troupe

  5. Troopnoun

    a particular roll of the drum; a quick march

  6. Troopverb

    to move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops

  7. Troopverb

    to march on; to go forward in haste


  1. Troop

    A troop is a military unit, originally a small force of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron and headed by the troop leader. In many armies a troop is the equivalent unit to the infantry section or platoon. Exceptions are the Royal Horse Artillery and the US Cavalry, where troop refers to an infantry company or artillery battery. A cavalry soldier of private rank is called a trooper in many Commonwealth armies. A related sense of the term troop refers to members of the military collectively, as in the troops; see Troop.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Troop

    trōōp, n. a crowd or collection of people: a company: soldiers taken collectively, an army, usually in pl.: a small body of cavalry, forming the unit of formation, consisting usually of sixty men, corresponding to a company of infantry: the command of a troop of horse.—v.i. to collect in numbers: to march in a company, or in haste.—ns. Troop′er, a private cavalry soldier: a cavalry horse: a troop′-ship; Troop′-horse, a cavalry horse; Troop′-ship, a vessel for conveying soldiers.—Trooping the colours, a ceremony performed at the public mounting of garrison guards.—Household troops (see House). [Fr. troupe, prob. through Low L. forms, from L. turba, a crowd.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. troop

    A company of cavalry, commanded by a captain, generally from forty to sixty strong. Also, an assembling beat of the drum.--Trooping the guard, or the colours, are special military ceremonies connected with guard-mounting.--Troop the guard. A ceremony daily practised in large ships by the marines at morning muster.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. troop

    A company of cavalry. It is the same, with respect to formation, as a company in the infantry.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TROOP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Troop is ranked #26008 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Troop surname appeared 943 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Troop.

    88.7% or 837 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 64 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'troop' in Nouns Frequency: #868

Anagrams for troop »

  1. proto

  2. porto

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of troop in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of troop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of troop in a Sentence

  1. Antony Blinken:

    When it comes to the deployment of forces and troop levels, we're not looking at troop levels. To the contrary, if Russia commits renewed aggression against Ukraine, I think it's a very fair prospect that NATO will reinforce its positions along its eastern flank.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    O, now, for ever Farewell the tranquil mind farewell content Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars That make ambition virtue O, farewell Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife, The royal banner, and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats The immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit, Farewell Othello's occupation's gone

  3. Randi Bangerter:

    My Girl Scout troop and I came up with the idea for this project out of the need... to ease the tension of going back to school for staff and students, so using our troop's cookie money, we bought the material to make the sneeze guards, reusable masks and mask lanyards.

  4. Yuval Weber:

    The troop buildup has been to some extent normalized, so the next time there is a troop buildup it will be a little less surprising.

  5. Jack Benny:

    A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. sesquipedalian
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