verb (used without object), griped, grip·ing.
verb (used with object), griped, grip·ing.
- 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.
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Origin of gripe
OTHER WORDS FROM gripegriper, noungripeful, adjectivegrip·ing·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for gripe
Amid the gripes about the pandemic and the election, Barnett posted to his Facebook page a video of people arriving for Wednesday’s rally.Man who posed at Pelosi desk said in Facebook post that he is prepared for violent death|Jon Swaine|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
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|Jonathan Raab|April 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He laid hold of me by the throat, and griped me with a quivering grasp.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
Thus had Amilcare been sold by his own purchase, and thus Grifone griped in his own springe.Little Novels of Italy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
But Maxley stretched his long limbs, and caught him in two strides, and griped his shoulder without ceremony.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
The shops sold goods that only poverty could buy, and sellers and buyers were pinched and griped alike.The Old Curiosity Shop|Charles Dickens
She had griped my arm very firmly in her great bony hand, and seemed preparing to drag me over by main force.Uncle Silas|J. S. LeFanu
British Dictionary definitions for gripe
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips