verb (used without object), griped, grip·ing.
verb (used with object), griped, grip·ing.
- 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.
Origin of gripe
Examples from the Web for gripe
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
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.
If the gov't wants to listen to me and my friends plan dinners and gripe about our husbands, go for it.Reader Poll Results: Do you Care That the NSA Is Spying on You?|The Daily Beast|June 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But though he was free from Gripe and Graspall he was not free from trouble and care.Goody Two-Shoes|Unknown
Its sides are thickly sowed with stunted trees, that bury their roots in its cracks and rents with a gripe of iron.The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery|Samuel Adams Drake
You haven't heard me gripe about having to go to the store, have you?Jerry's Charge Account|Hazel Hutchins Wilson
He knew not how it had got there, or whence it had come, though himself had closed his own gripe upon it.Pierre; or The Ambiguities|Herman Melville
Yet, in spite of mortifications and humiliations, they both clung to office with the gripe of drowning men.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips
Word Origin for gripe
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.