Origin of gripping
- 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.
verb (used with object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
verb (used without object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
Origin of grip
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.
Each book has gripping scenes on the fear that permeated Argentina in those years.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Lloyd Grove|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reins trailed on the ground and the rider's hands were gripping the mane.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
Peter held himself rigidly in the fear that he might disturb the hands that were gripping him.Her Father's Daughter|Gene Stratton-Porter
Stonor sat down on a grub-box, and, gripping his bursting head between his hands, tried to think.The Woman from Outside|Hulbert Footner
Then listen anew to His teaching talks, so homely and so gripping.Quiet Talks with World Winners|S. D. Gordon
He was standing in the rumble, holding himself upright by gripping the back of the two front seats.Motor Matt's Race|Stanley R. Matthews
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
verb grips, gripping or gripped
Word Origin for grip
"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.
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.