- 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 griper
The Griper was in the same dangerous predicament, and there appeared every probability that she would be nipped and destroyed.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Here Captain Lyon, in the Griper, was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage
Here Captain Lyon, in the "Griper," was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.
- (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 griper
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.