- 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.
Origin of gripe
OTHER WORDS FROM gripegriper, noungripeful, adjectivegrip·ing·ly, adverb
How to use gripe in a sentence
The second reason is that, by imagining history class as a pep rally or a gripe session, we squeeze the history out of it.We teach students how to understand the U.S., not to love it — or hate it|Daniel Immerwahr|December 23, 2020|Washington Post
My brother-in-law's wife recently shared a boatload of gripes this sister-in-law has about me, including horrible things she said about my children.Carolyn Hax: She’s tired of being a tongue-biter around a backbiter|Carolyn Hax|November 22, 2020|Washington Post
The biggest gripe skiers have had in recent years is overcrowding.
The rest seemed reluctant to identify themselves as they peppered county officials with gripes.
Slogans like “All Cops Are Bastards” and “Blue Lives Matter” have pitted activists against police in ways that fire past the other’s legitimate gripes and poison the well for actual change, even if well-intended.
Nor that Israeli and Palestinian officials have recently been griping to the Israeli press about Kerry's full head of steam.
Alternatively, just keep griping about Solyndra and saying the words “crony capitalism!”The RNC's Empty Rhetoric on Combating Crony Capitalism|Justin Green|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
Beyond merely griping about the lack of accountability, the authors go on to offer their summary of a 10K report for 2012.How Is America Really Doing? Wharton’s Idea for Better Accountability|Peter Schweizer|July 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But Altamont ran between them, and griping the old lady by her arm, dragged her to the door.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray
In another instant his conqueror had one knee on the chest of the fallen man, and both hands were griping his throat.Sword and Gown|George A. Lawrence
I dun und forgit; I'm mo'est sho Hanner is ergwine to ax fer sperrets fur her griping missury.The Broken Sword|Dennison Worthington
Griping stint would never have been tolerated by the hospitable master, and virtuous plenty only was admitted by the prudent wife.
The warriors made their bit-griping steeds over the mountains fly, through the unknown Murkwood.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
British Dictionary definitions for gripe
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips