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gripe

[grahyp] /graɪp/
verb (used without object), griped, griping.
1.
Informal. to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
2.
to suffer pain in the bowels.
3.
Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to tend to come into the wind; to be ardent.
verb (used with object), griped, griping.
4.
to seize and hold firmly; grip; grasp; clutch.
5.
to produce pain in (the bowels) as if by constriction.
6.
to distress or oppress.
7.
to annoy or irritate:
His tone of voice gripes me.
8.
to grasp or clutch, as a miser.
9.
Nautical. to secure (a lifeboat) to a deck or against a pudding boom on davits.
noun
10.
the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
11.
Informal. a nagging complaint.
12.
a firm hold; clutch.
13.
a grasp; hold; control.
14.
something that grips or clutches; a claw or grip.
15.
Nautical.
  1. a lashing or chain by which a boat is secured to a deck or in position on davits.
  2. Also called gripe piece. a curved timber connecting the stem or cutwater of a wooden hull with the keel.
  3. the exterior angle or curve formed by this piece; forefoot.
  4. the forward end of the dished keel of a metal hull.
16.
a handle, hilt, etc.
17.
Usually, gripes. Pathology. an intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gripen, Old English grīpan; cognate with Dutch grijpen, German griefen; see grip, grope
Related forms
griper, noun
gripeful, adjective
gripingly, adverb
Can be confused
grip, gripe, grippe.
Synonyms
1. whine, mutter, carp, rail, bellyache.
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Examples for gripe
  • Companies gripe that the strong yen may push them to move operations overseas.
  • What inveterate wearers sometimes gripe about is the niggling pain felt when forced to walk with their feet flat.
  • It appeared on the list in the fourth spot, between treachery and gripe.
  • One big gripe people have about hybrids is they cost a few grand more than similar conventional models.
  • But far be it from me to use this pulpit to lodge a petty personal gripe.
  • Our correspondents in this group have no real comment on our articles but want to gripe about something.
  • And they gripe about the clone troopers' aggressive tactics.
  • Haters might get a bit more traction with the gripe that official stores still don't carry every track ever recorded.
  • Administration officials gripe about other administration officials.
  • My gripe is not only about student's expectations but the administration's expectations in the community college environment.
British Dictionary definitions for gripe

gripe

/ɡraɪp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (informal) to complain, esp in a persistent nagging manner
2.
to cause sudden intense pain in the intestines of (a person) or (of a person) to experience this pain
3.
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a ship) to tend to come up into the wind in spite of the helm
4.
(archaic) to clutch; grasp
5.
(transitive) (archaic) to afflict
noun
6.
(usually pl) a sudden intense pain in the intestines; colic
7.
(informal) a complaint or grievance
8.
(rare)
  1. the act of gripping
  2. a firm grip
  3. a device that grips
9.
(in pl) (nautical) the lashings that secure a boat
Derived Forms
griper, noun
gripingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English grīpan; related to Gothic greipan, Old High German grīfan to seize, Lithuanian greibiu
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Word Origin and History for gripe
v.

Old English gripan "grasp at, lay hold, attack, take, seek to get hold of," from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (cf. Old Saxon gripan, Old Norse gripa, Dutch grijpen, Gothic greipan, Old High German grifan, German greifen "to seize"), from PIE root *ghreib- "to grip" (cf. Lithuanian griebiu "to seize"). Figurative sense of "complain, grouse" is first attested 1932, probably from earlier meaning "gripping pain in the bowels" (c.1600; cf. bellyache). Related: Griped; griping.

n.

late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.

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gripe in Medicine

gripe (grīp)
v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
To have sharp pains in the bowels. n.

  1. gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.

  2. A firm hold; a grasp.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gripe

gripe

noun
  1. : I want to clear my desk of various matters, mostly gripes (1934+)
  2. griper (1930s+)
verb
  1. To complain, esp habitually and trivially; groan; bitch, kvetch, piss: He got good and sore and griped (1932+)
  2. To annoy or disgust; afflict; distress: What's griping him is that he can't do anything for the kids (1559+)

[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ''colic, bellyache, stomach cramp'']


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