gripping

[ grip-ing ]
/ ˈgrɪp ɪŋ /

adjective

holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling: a gripping play; a gripping book.

Origin of gripping

First recorded in 1620–30; grip + -ing2
Related formsgrip·ping·ly, adverbgrip·ping·ness, noun

Definition for gripping (2 of 2)

grip

[ grip ]
/ grɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.

verb (used without object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.

to take firm hold; hold fast.
to take hold on the mind.

Origin of grip

before 900; Middle English, Old English gripe grasp (noun); cognate with German Griff, Old English gripa handful; see gripe
Related formsgrip·less, adjectivere·grip, verb, re·gripped or re·gript, re·grip·ping.un·grip, verb, un·gripped, un·grip·ping.
Can be confusedgrip gripe grippe
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British Dictionary definitions for gripping (1 of 2)

grip

1
/ (ɡrɪp) /

noun

verb grips, gripping or gripped

to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience
Derived Formsgripper, noungrippingly, adverb

Word Origin for grip

Old English gripe grasp; related to Old Norse gripr property, Old High German grif

British Dictionary definitions for gripping (2 of 2)

grip

2
/ (ɡrɪp) /

noun

med a variant spelling of grippe
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Idioms and Phrases with gripping

grip


see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.

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