- holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling: a gripping play; a gripping book.
Origin of gripping
- the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
- the power of gripping: He has a strong grip.
- a grasp, hold, or control.
- mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on a problem.
- competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs: The boss is old and is losing his grip.
- a special mode of clasping hands: Members of the club use the secret grip.
- something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
- a handle or hilt: That knife has a very unusual grip.
- a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
- Older Use. a small traveling bag.
- Theater.a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
- Movies, Television.a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
- to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast: We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
- to take hold on; hold the interest of: to grip the mind.
- to attach by a grip or clutch.
- to take firm hold; hold fast.
- to take hold on the mind.
- come to grips with,
- to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
- to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.
Origin of grip
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsintriguing, fascinating, riveting, interesting, engrossing, enthralling, exciting, captivating, spellbinding, arresting, consuming, monopolizing
Examples from the Web for gripping
The second pitfall is that Tendulkar has given the reader little of what should be a gripping, meaningful story of his life.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Each book has gripping scenes on the fear that permeated Argentina in those years.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
And the string of episodes that aired before that were gripping, noble, and simply entertaining to watch.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
All these folks were full of gripping stories about their time with Pryor, since he created much drama offstage as well as on.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
Yet his narrative is gripping, perceptive, and moving at times, even if his conclusions are highly debatable.How Gary Hart Became the First Political Sex Scandal Casualty
October 1, 2014
I hadn't returned it, after all; had been gripping it all the time, unknowing.The Bacillus of Beauty
Peaceful Hart stood indecisively, and stared, one and gripping the back of his chair.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The youths, gripping tightly their rifles and muskets, waited.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
He rose and bent over me gripping my arms, and I felt his violent trembling.The Harbor
His powerful hands were gripping his Winchester, and he stood ready.The Law-Breakers
- the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmlyhe lost his grip on the slope
- Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshakea feeble grip
- the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
- understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as get or have a grip on)
- Also called: handgrip a part by which an object is grasped; handle
- Also called: handgrip a travelling bag or holdall
- See hairgrip
- any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
- a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
- a spasm of paina grip in one's stomach
- a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
- a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
- get to grips or come to grips (often foll by with)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
- to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
- to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience
- med a variant spelling of grippe
Word Origin and History for gripping
"grasping the emotions," 1896, figurative use of present participle adjective from grip (v.).
Old English grippan "to grip, seize, obtain" (class I strong verb; past tense grap, past participle gripen), from West Germanic *gripjan (cf. Old High German gripfen "to rob," Old English gripan "to seize;" see gripe). Related: Gripped; gripping. French gripper "to seize," griffe "claw" are Germanic loan-words.
fusion of Old English gripe "grasp, clutch" and gripa "handful, sheaf" (see grip (v.)). Meaning "stage hand" is from 1888, from their work shifting scenery.
Idioms and Phrases with gripping
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.