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1. A leather strap looped under a horse's tail and attached to a harness or saddle to keep it from slipping forward.
2. The rump of a horse; the croup.

[Middle English crouper, from Old French cropiere, from croupe, rump; see croup2.]


1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a strap from the back of a saddle that passes under the horse's tail to prevent the saddle from slipping forwards
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the part of the horse's rump behind the saddle
[C13: from Old French crupiere, from crupe croup2]


(ˈkrʌp ər, ˈkrʊp-)

1. a leather strap fastened to the saddle of a harness and looping under the tail of a horse to prevent the harness from slipping forward.
2. the rump or buttocks of a horse.
[1250–1300; Middle English cro(u)per, variant of cruper < Anglo-French. See croup2, -er2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crupper - a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tailcrupper - a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tail; prevents saddle from slipping forward
strap - an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position


[ˈkrʌpəʳ] N [of horse] → anca f, grupa f; (= part of harness) → baticola f


(of harness)Schweifriemen m
(= hindquarters)Kruppe f
References in classic literature ?
Besides this he has to learn to wear a collar, a crupper, and a breeching, and to stand still while they are put on; then to have a cart or a chaise fixed behind, so that he cannot walk or trot without dragging it after him; and he must go fast or slow, just as his driver wishes.
I'm homesick from ear-socket to crupper, and from crupper to hock-joint; but it ain't any use, I've got to stay here, till the old man drops the rag and give the word--yes, SIR, right here in this country I've got to linger till the old man says COME
He is caparisoned in the most dashing and fantastic style; the bridles and crupper are weightily embossed with beads and cockades; and head, mane, and tail, are interwoven with abundance of eagles' plumes, which flutter in the wind.