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- adj. griping; greedy; covetous; tenacious
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A grasp; a gripe.
- adj. Griping; greedy; covetous; tenacious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Griping; tenacious.
- Grasping; greedy; avaricious.
- To grasp.
- n. A grip; a grasp.
- n. A ditch; a drain.
This man he imagined best able to furnish him, if he could be won to do it willingly: but he was knowne to be so gripple and miserable, that hardly any meanes would drawe him to it.
Sirname of Grimaldi, whereof he was in right descended, and called him master Herminio the covetous Mizer, a nickname very notably agreeing with his gripple nature.
The "gripple niggards" might have pleaded feebly in their own behalf that they could not all afford to spend, like Heber, a hundred thousand pounds in the purchase of books; and that an occasional reluctance to part with some hard-earned, hard-won volume might be pardonable in one who could not hope to replace it.
Heber's generosity has been nobly praised by Scott, who contrasts the hard-heartedness of other bibliophiles, those "gripple niggards" who preferred holding on to their treasures, with his friend's careless liberality.
To these things, Learoyd, slow to perceive the evidences of sincerity, answered only, 'If owt comes to Mulvaaney 'long o' you, I'll gripple you, clouts or no clouts on your ugly head, an 'I'll draw t' throat twistyways, man.
To these things Learoyd, slow to perceive the evidences of sincerity, answered only, 'If owt comes to Mulvaaney 'long o' you, I'll gripple you, clouts or no clouts on your ugly head, an 'I'll draw t' throat twistyways, man.
Clutch'd with his gripple claws the Prince his prey,
` ` It behoved to be, '' she said, ` ` he wad get it back again; naebody wad be sae gripple as to tak his gear after they had gi'en him a pardon; and for that Inch-Grabbit, I could whiles wish mysell a witch for his sake, if I werena feared the Enemy wad tak me at my word. ''
I hear that not such a thing as a counting house is to be seen in her streets, scarce a desk -- Earthquakes swallow up this mercantile city and its gripple merchants, as Drayton hath it, "born to be the curse of this brave isle."
- 'Naebody wad be sae gripple as to take his gear'; and cp.