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
Nor that Israeli and Palestinian officials have recently been griping to the Israeli press about Kerry's full head of steam.
Because I'm partisan, I'll feature the griping from the Democratic side of the aisle.
He was an insider who insisted on being an outsider—and then on griping about it.Stephen Schiff: My (Relatively Small) Crime Against Gore Vidal|Stephen Schiff|August 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The next moment Bonham Carter was griping about how Burton's special effects made her less attractive.
He was griping at the guards and complaining incoherently about his lawyers.
However, I knew that Anselmo, though a griping was a trustworthy man, and I felt safe in his renewed promise.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He was regarded by all as an avaricious, griping old miser, whose whole life was devoted to the hoarding up of gold.
I began to weary of the small Yankee greed and griping and “thanklessness” which I experienced.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
So, even while he was their griping taskmaster and never gave them a good word, he had written their names down in his will.Our Mutual Friend|Charles Dickens
The griping pains that accompany the "Caisson Disease" are excruciating.Inventions of the Great War|A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
British Dictionary definitions for gripe
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips