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.
- 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
Synonyms for grip
Related Words for grippingintriguing, fascinating, riveting, interesting, engrossing, enthralling, exciting, captivating, spellbinding, arresting, consuming, monopolizing
Examples from the Web for gripping
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of gripping
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
- 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.