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groping

[groh-ping] /ˈgroʊ pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
moving or going about clumsily or hesitantly; stumbling.
2.
showing or reflecting a desire to understand, especially something that proves puzzling:
a groping scrutiny; a groping expression.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see grope, -ing2
Related forms
gropingly, adverb

grope

[grohp] /groʊp/
verb (used without object), groped, groping.
1.
to feel about with the hands; feel one's way:
I had to grope around in the darkness before I found the light switch.
2.
to search blindly or uncertainly:
He seemed to be groping for an answer to the question.
verb (used with object), groped, groping.
3.
to seek by or as if by groping:
to grope one's way up the dark stairs.
4.
to touch or handle (someone) for sexual pleasure.
noun
5.
an act or instance of groping.
6.
Slang. an act or instance of sexually fondling another person.
Origin
before 900; Middle English gropien, Old English grāpian, derivative of grāp grasp; akin to gripe, grasp
Synonyms
1. fumble, probe, fish.
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Examples from the web for groping
  • The cadets interviewed chose to see the groping incident through the prism of that philosophy.
  • For extra effect, hover over their desks while they are groping for an answer.
  • It is little wonder, given this, that people of goodwill are groping for a safer alternative.
  • Searching for that answer, physicists are groping toward a quantum theory of gravity.
  • Without a clear framework of ideas, he was still groping in the dark.
  • groping in the darkness, she grabbed her two children and rode out the torrent clinging to an uprooted tree.
  • The place is a tangle of lips and tongues and hands, all groping and exploring.
  • He could sense her groping the air as she tried to give him a kiss.
  • It is not about one-pointedness, but inclusion and groping toward consensus.
  • Scientists often turn metaphorical when groping for ways to describe their esoteric profession.
British Dictionary definitions for groping

grope

/ɡrəʊp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by for. to feel or search about uncertainly (for something) with the hands
2.
(intransitive; usually foll by for or after) to search uncertainly or with difficulty (for a solution, answer, etc)
3.
(transitive) to find or make (one's way) by groping
4.
(transitive) (slang) to feel or fondle the body of (someone) for sexual gratification
noun
5.
the act of groping
Derived Forms
gropingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English grāpian; related to Old High German greifōn, Norwegian greipa; compare gripe
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Word Origin and History for groping

grope

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for groping

grope

verb

To touch, feel, caress, fondle, etc, with seeming or actual sexual intent (1250+)

Related Terms

group-grope


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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