American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Informal To complain naggingly or petulantly; grumble.
- v. To have sharp pains in the bowels.
- v. Informal To irritate; annoy: Her petty complaints really gripe me.
- v. To cause sharp pain in the bowels of.
- v. To grasp; seize.
- v. To oppress or afflict.
- n. Informal A complaint.
- n. Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
- n. A firm hold; a grasp.
- n. A grip; a handle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay hold of with the fingers or claws; grasp strongly; clutch.
- To seize and hold firmly in any way.
- To tighten; clench.
- To produce pain in as if by constriction or contraction: as, to gripe the bowels.
- Hence To pinch; straiten; distress.
- To lay hold with or as with the hand; fix the grasp or clutch.
- To get money by grasping practices and exactions: as, a griping miser.
- To suffer griping pains.
- Nautical, to lie too close to the wind: as, a ship gripes when she has a tendency to shoot up into the wind in spite of her helm.
- n. Fast hold with the hand or arms; close embrace; grasp; clutch.
- n. A handful.
- n. Forcible retention; bondage: as, the gripe of a tyrant or a usurer; the gripe of superstition.
- n. In pathology, an intermittent spasmodic pain in the intestines, as in colic; cramp-colic; cramps: usually in the plural.
- n. Something used to clutch, seize, or hold a thing; a claw or grip.
- n. Specifically A pitchfork; a dung-fork.
- n. Nautical: The forefoot, or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end. See cut under stem.
- n. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stem under water, chiefly toward the bottom of the stem.
- n. Nautical: plural Lashings for boats, to secure them in their places at sea, whether hanging at the davits or stowed on deck.
- n. One of two bands by which a boat is prevented from swinging about when suspended from the davits.
- n. A small boat.
- n. A miser.
- n. A ditch or trench: same as grip, 1.
- ; pret. and pp. griped, ppr. griping. Same as grip.
- n. A griffin.
- n. A vulture.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To make a grab (to, towards, at or upon something).
- v. archaic, transitive To seize, grasp.
- v. intransitive To complain; to whine.
- n. A complaint; a petty concern.
- n. nautical A specific wire rope, often used on davits and other life raft launching systems.
- n. obsolete grasp; clutch; grip
- n. obsolete That which is grasped; a handle; a grip.
- n. engineering, dated A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
- n. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
- n. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines.
- n. nautical The piece of timber that terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
- n. nautical The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
- n. nautical An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.), obsolete A vulture; the griffin.
- v. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
- v. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
- v. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances.
- v. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
- v. To suffer griping pains.
- v. (Naut.) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
- v. to complain.
- n. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
- n. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip.
- n. (Mech.) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
- n. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
- n. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.
- n. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
- n. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
- n. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
- v. complain.
- n. informal terms for objecting
- Old English grīpan, from Proto-Germanic *grīpanan. Cognate with Dutch grijpen, German greifen, Swedish gripa, Danish gribe. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gripen, to seize, from Old English grīpan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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