- Informal. to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
- to suffer pain in the bowels.
- Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to tend to come into the wind; to be ardent.
- to seize and hold firmly; grip; grasp; clutch.
- to produce pain in (the bowels) as if by constriction.
- to distress or oppress.
- to annoy or irritate: His tone of voice gripes me.
- to grasp or clutch, as a miser.
- Nautical. to secure (a lifeboat) to a deck or against a pudding boom on davits.
- the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
- Informal. a nagging complaint.
- a firm hold; clutch.
- a grasp; hold; control.
- something that grips or clutches; a claw or grip.
- a lashing or chain by which a boat is secured to a deck or in position on davits.
- Also called gripe piece.a curved timber connecting the stem or cutwater of a wooden hull with the keel.
- the exterior angle or curve formed by this piece; forefoot.
- the forward end of the dished keel of a metal hull.
- a handle, hilt, etc.
- Usually gripes. Pathology. an intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels.
Origin of gripe
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Examples from the Web for griped
We griped and laughed and swore and made fun of one another and ourselves.I Reenlisted to Return to Afghanistan, Only to Find Myself in Kuwait
April 22, 2012
He laid hold of me by the throat, and griped me with a quivering grasp.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Thus had Amilcare been sold by his own purchase, and thus Grifone griped in his own springe.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
They went feverish and gaunt, with parched mouths and griped stomachs.Captain Ravenshaw
Robert Neilson Stephens
The others, according to the quantity they had taken, were griped also.Girl Scouts in the Rockies
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Now he griped at the beast between the ears and held him off, so that he got not at him to bite.The Story of Grettir The Strong
Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
- (intr) informal to complain, esp in a persistent nagging manner
- to cause sudden intense pain in the intestines of (a person) or (of a person) to experience this pain
- (intr) nautical (of a ship) to tend to come up into the wind in spite of the helm
- archaic to clutch; grasp
- (tr) archaic to afflict
- (usually plural) a sudden intense pain in the intestines; colic
- informal a complaint or grievance
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips
- (in plural) nautical the lashings that secure a boat
Word Origin and History for griped
Old English gripan "grasp at, lay hold, attack, take, seek to get hold of," from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (cf. Old Saxon gripan, Old Norse gripa, Dutch grijpen, Gothic greipan, Old High German grifan, German greifen "to seize"), from PIE root *ghreib- "to grip" (cf. Lithuanian griebiu "to seize"). Figurative sense of "complain, grouse" is first attested 1932, probably from earlier meaning "gripping pain in the bowels" (c.1600; cf. bellyache). Related: Griped; griping.
late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.
- To have sharp pains in the bowels.
- gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
- A firm hold; a grasp.