[ grahyp ]
/ graɪp /

verb (used without object), griped, grip·ing.

verb (used with object), griped, grip·ing.


Origin of gripe

1350–1400; Middle English gripen, Old English grīpan; cognate with Dutch grijpen, German griefen; see grip, grope

Related forms

grip·er, noungripe·ful, adjectivegrip·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

grip gripe grippe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for griper


/ (ɡraɪp) /



Derived Forms

griper, noungripingly, adverb

Word Origin for gripe

Old English grīpan; related to Gothic greipan, Old High German grīfan to seize, Lithuanian greibiu
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Medicine definitions for griper


[ grīp ]


To have sharp pains in the bowels.


gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
A firm hold; a grasp.
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