- to seize and hold firmly with the hand, claws, etc.; grasp; clutch.
- to greedily take possession of and hold tightly:The miser gripes his money for fear of losing it.
- 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.
- the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
- a firm hold; clutch.
- mastery; hold; control.
Origin of gripe
OTHER WORDS FROM gripegriper, noungripeful, adjectivegrip·ing·ly, adverb
Words nearby gripe
How to use gripe in a sentence
Attacked by sadistic rustics with a social media gripe, the owner of the Facebook-like ConFab tells Pickett that if he dies in the wilderness at least “it’ll go viral.”
It would be ludicrous to gripe about Louis-Dreyfus winning again for her work in Veep.What's TV's Funniest Show? Our Emmy Awards Comedy Predictions|Kevin Fallon|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My big gripe with the old TV shows was their reliance on predictable formulas.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later, another senior NCO chased me down the hall to gripe about how my pants met my boots.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, I have a gripe with the pope, was a bit disgusted, and was struck by his radical views.A Catholic Ex-Banker on Pope Francis’s Radical Views|Chris Lowney|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The gripe is much older than the bloggers and tweeters who are its latest targets.
Peer Khan uttered the fatal words, and Ghuffoor Khan wrestled out his last agony under my never-failing gripe.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
The pincers gripe, the pliers handle; the one is like the closed hand, the other like the fingers.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
It was safe enough for a high-ranking labman to gripe about Security—in fact, it was more or less expected.Security|Poul William Anderson
What has posterity done for us / That we, lest they their rights should lose, / Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
It is weaker than Barbadoes or even hepatic aloes, and is more apt to gripe, &c., than the latter.
British Dictionary definitions for gripe
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips