to feel about with the hands; feel one's way: I had to grope around in the darkness before I found the light switch.
to search blindly or uncertainly: He seemed to be groping for an answer to the question.
to seek by or as if by groping: to grope one's way up the dark stairs.
Slang. to touch or fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially without the person’s consent.
an act or instance of groping.
Slang. an act or instance of sexually fondling another person.
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How to use grope in a sentence
The state offered evidence about her being groped by her father during an early jail visit.How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice | Jason Berry | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kathleen Willey was a White House volunteer who said she was groped by Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1993.
As a result, many of the women “were groped or inappropriately touched during the performance.”It’s Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills in Ex-Cheerleaders’ New Lawsuit | Emily Shire | April 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Femen member named Oksana tells a horrible story about being groped at a police station.Femen’s Abusive Patriarch, Victor Svyatski, Exposed in 'Ukraine Is Not a Brothel’ | Marlow Stern | March 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By now I have grown accustomed to having my body groped during political protests.
But she knew it was useless to argue with Henry, so she hastily groped in the bag for the matches and handed them to her brother.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
I groped my way to my desk and there sank into my chair, leaned my head on my hands, and closed my eyes.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Opening the door, I groped my way across the room till I found the lamp and lighted it.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
He made for the wall, and as he groped along he found a chain depending and reaching down into the water.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Arthur carefully groped his way up the cliff, but had great difficulty in finding the path.Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for grope
(intr usually foll by for) to feel or search about uncertainly (for something) with the hands
(intr; usually foll by for or after) to search uncertainly or with difficulty (for a solution, answer, etc)
(tr) to find or make (one's way) by groping
(tr) slang to feel or fondle the body of (someone) for sexual gratification
the act of groping
- gropingly, adverb
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