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 griper
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|Richard Hakluyt
Here Captain Lyon, in the "Griper," was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.
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
- 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.