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[grahyp] /graɪp/
verb (used without object), griped, griping.
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.
verb (used with object), griped, griping.
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.
  1. a lashing or chain by which a boat is secured to a deck or in position on davits.
  2. Also called gripe piece. a curved timber connecting the stem or cutwater of a wooden hull with the keel.
  3. the exterior angle or curve formed by this piece; forefoot.
  4. 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
1350-1400; Middle English gripen, Old English grīpan; cognate with Dutch grijpen, German griefen; see grip, grope
Related forms
griper, noun
gripeful, adjective
gripingly, adverb
Can be confused
grip, gripe, grippe.
1. whine, mutter, carp, rail, bellyache. Unabridged
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  • He griped the cudgel in his right hand, and struck the dancers with might and main, just as the old man had done.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • He laid hold of me by the throat, and griped me with a quivering grasp.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The shops sold goods that only poverty could buy, and sellers and buyers were pinched and griped alike.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • They went feverish and gaunt, with parched mouths and griped stomachs.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He griped the filthy red shirt that clung, stiff with soot, about him, and tore it savagely from his arm.

    Life in the Iron-Mills Rebecca Harding Davis
  • The others, according to the quantity they had taken, were griped also.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Thus had Amilcare been sold by his own purchase, and thus Grifone griped in his own springe.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • 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
  • Having to do that griped him immensely as he could guess the attitude his brother-in-law would take.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for griped


(intransitive) (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
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a ship) to tend to come up into the wind in spite of the helm
(archaic) to clutch; grasp
(transitive) (archaic) to afflict
(usually pl) a sudden intense pain in the intestines; colic
(informal) a complaint or grievance
  1. the act of gripping
  2. a firm grip
  3. a device that grips
(in pl) (nautical) the lashings that secure a boat
Derived Forms
griper, noun
gripingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English grīpan; related to Gothic greipan, Old High German grīfan to seize, Lithuanian greibiu
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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.



late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.

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griped in Medicine

gripe (grīp)
v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
To have sharp pains in the bowels. n.

  1. gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.

  2. A firm hold; a grasp.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for griped



  1. : I want to clear my desk of various matters, mostly gripes (1934+)
  2. griper (1930s+)


  1. To complain, esp habitually and trivially; groan; bitch, kvetch, piss: He got good and sore and griped (1932+)
  2. To annoy or disgust; afflict; distress: What's griping him is that he can't do anything for the kids (1559+)

[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ''colic, bellyache, stomach cramp'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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