Definition of flu in English:

flu

noun

  • ‘I had a bad case of the flu’
    short for influenza
    • ‘With avian flu, we are still debating what is the most humane manner to get rid of millions of chickens.’
    • ‘Treatment of colds, flu, sore throats, hay fever and other allergies may also help.’
    • ‘My body was telling me I needed a rest because I had flu after flu after flu through the summer.’
    • ‘In the early stages symptoms can be similar to many other winter illnesses like flu.’
    • ‘One cause for concern about Fujian flu is that this year's flu vaccine is based on a different strain.’
    • ‘By the time he had examined me, I was perfectly prepared to accept his diagnosis of flu.’
    • ‘Bear in mind that the viruses causing flu change annually and no two flu epidemics are identical.’
    • ‘The last major flu pandemic in 1918 killed tens of millions of people in Europe alone.’
    • ‘There is an increase in respiratory ailments, flu and accidents due to the bad weather.’
    • ‘A cold or flu may also spread to the lower respiratory tract to cause a cough.’
    • ‘The future of millions of people threatened by an outbreak of pandemic flu is in safe hands.’
    • ‘You may think that illness from colds or flu should only happen in colder countries but it is not so.’
    • ‘Symptoms of bird flu are similar to human flu and it cannot be detected without lab tests.’
    • ‘It had found another boy whose meningitis had been misdiagnosed as flu and who was now brain damaged.’
    • ‘In the early stages, signs and symptoms can be similar to many other more common illnesses like flu.’
    • ‘Many forms of flu and common colds originate in Asia and, in particular, in China.’
    • ‘The last flu pandemic in 1968 caused one million deaths and the next is long overdue.’
    • ‘There is an increased risk of injury from falls and people are more prone to seasonal illnesses like flu.’
    • ‘Tyson pulled out of the contest on Monday saying he was suffering from flu and a stomach illness.’
    • ‘He also has chronic flu most likely caused by a feline herpes infection when he was young.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

flu

/flo͞o/