- grooved fricative,
- grooving saw,
- gropius, walter,
- gropper, william
Origin of groping
verb (used without object), groped, grop·ing.
verb (used with object), groped, grop·ing.
Origin of grope
Examples from the Web for groping
“He was groping for some way to phrase the emotions that usually were kept securely locked up,” said Eleanor.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address|Ray Robinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The U.S. Open of Surfing dissolved into vandalism, looting, and groping.
Instead, Republicans are groping for answers as the slow march toward the fiscal cliff leaves them ever more divided.Why the Fiscal Cliff Is Causing a Nervous Breakdown on the Right|Howard Kurtz|December 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They are groping for some modulation, some way to translate complicated moral intuitions into rules a society can live by.
I understand that groping our way toward a shared justice will never be easy, nor will it be perfect.
I had read many radical books of late, in my groping for a foothold, and I had found most of them dry affairs.The Harbor|Ernest Poole
We went on groping our way, sometimes falling over logs, but managing again to recover our feet.With Axe and Rifle|W.H.G. Kingston
He only knew that Binhart was dead, and that he himself was groping his way out into the night, a broken and desolate man.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
After about an hour's groping in the dark, we found an emergency cabin near the Mud Geyser.Down the Yellowstone|Lewis R. Freeman
After that, with groping and smelling they came near to the faecal matter and the corrupted humours.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
Word Origin for grope
Old English grapian "to feel about (as one blind or in darkness)," originally "lay hold of, seize, touch, attain," related to gripan "grasp at" (see gripe). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as "obsolete" in OED) is from c.1200. Related: Groped; groping. The noun is Old English grap.