- Informal. to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
- to suffer pain in the bowels.
- Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to tend to come into the wind; to be ardent.
- to seize and hold firmly; grip; grasp; clutch.
- to produce pain in (the bowels) as if by constriction.
- to distress or oppress.
- to annoy or irritate: His tone of voice gripes me.
- to grasp or clutch, as a miser.
- Nautical. to secure (a lifeboat) to a deck or against a pudding boom on davits.
- the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
- Informal. a nagging complaint.
- a firm hold; clutch.
- a grasp; hold; control.
- something that grips or clutches; a claw or grip.
- 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.
- a handle, hilt, etc.
- Usually gripes. Pathology. an intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels.
Origin of gripe
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Examples from the Web for griping
Nor that Israeli and Palestinian officials have recently been griping to the Israeli press about Kerry's full head of steam.Kerry's Peace Push A Nothing-Burger?
May 24, 2013
Because I'm partisan, I'll feature the griping from the Democratic side of the aisle.Whiny Senators Gripe About Having to Work
December 28, 2012
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
August 2, 2012
The next moment Bonham Carter was griping about how Burton's special effects made her less attractive.How Helena Became a Freak
March 2, 2010
He was griping at the guards and complaining incoherently about his lawyers.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
She could not speak, just then, for the griping ache that was in her throat.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
I said only our extreme need and griping poverty justified our acts.Caught In The Net
It's who and what you are and who and what I am that's griping me.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
His moans were the loudest, his convulsions the most violent, his cramps the most griping.Sube Cane
Edward Bellamy Partridge
Tom was griping because he'd have to do Devis's work and his own.Four-Day Planet
Henry Beam Piper
- (intr) informal to complain, esp in a persistent nagging manner
- to cause sudden intense pain in the intestines of (a person) or (of a person) to experience this pain
- (intr) nautical (of a ship) to tend to come up into the wind in spite of the helm
- archaic to clutch; grasp
- (tr) archaic to afflict
- (usually plural) a sudden intense pain in the intestines; colic
- informal a complaint or grievance
- the act of gripping
- a firm grip
- a device that grips
- (in plural) nautical the lashings that secure a boat
Word Origin and History for griping
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.
- To have sharp pains in the bowels.
- gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
- A firm hold; a grasp.