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
Synonyms for gripe
Related Words for griperbear, bug, complainer, crab, crank, grouser, grump, kicker, malcontent, sorehead, sourpuss, crosspatch, curmudgeon, faultfinder, growler, whiner
Examples from the Web for griper
Historical Examples of griper
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
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
Here Captain Lyon, in the "Griper," was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.
- 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.