gripe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gripe complain "What was he hollering about?"
    • n gripe informal terms for objecting "I have a gripe about the service here"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gripe (Mech) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
    • n Gripe (Zoöl) A vulture; the griffin. "Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws."
    • Gripe (Naut) 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.
    • Gripe Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch. "A barren scepter in my gripe ."
    • Gripe Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
    • Gripe Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.
    • Gripe That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
    • Gripe (Naut) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
    • Gripe (Naut) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
    • Gripe To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
    • Gripe To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
    • Gripe to complain
    • Gripe 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. "How inly sorrow gripes his soul."
    • Gripe To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely. "Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?"
    • Gripe To suffer griping pains.
    • Gripe (Naut) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gripe To lay hold of with the fingers or claws; grasp strongly; clutch.
    • gripe To seize and hold firmly in any way.
    • gripe To tighten; clench.
    • gripe To produce pain in as if by constriction or contraction: as, to gripe the bowels.
    • gripe Hence To pinch; straiten; distress.
    • gripe To lay hold with or as with the hand; fix the grasp or clutch.
    • gripe To get money by grasping practices and exactions: as, a griping miser.
    • gripe To suffer griping pains.
    • gripe 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 gripe Fast hold with the hand or arms; close embrace; grasp; clutch.
    • n gripe A handful.
    • n gripe Forcible retention; bondage: as, the gripe of a tyrant or a usurer; the gripe of superstition.
    • n gripe In pathology, an intermittent spasmodic pain in the intestines, as in colic; cramp-colic; cramps: usually in the plural.
    • n gripe Something used to clutch, seize, or hold a thing; a claw or grip.
    • n gripe Specifically A pitchfork; a dung-fork.
    • n gripe Nautical: The forefoot, or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end. See cut under stem.
    • n gripe The compass or sharpness of a ship's stem under water, chiefly toward the bottom of the stem.
    • n gripe Nautical: plural Lashings for boats, to secure them in their places at sea, whether hanging at the davits or stowed on deck.
    • n gripe One of two bands by which a boat is prevented from swinging about when suspended from the davits.
    • n gripe A small boat.
    • n gripe A miser.
    • n gripe A ditch or trench: same as grip, 1.
    • gripe ; pret. and pp. griped, ppr. griping. Same as grip.
    • n gripe A griffin.
    • n gripe A vulture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gripe to grasp with the hand: to seize and hold fast: to squeeze: to give pain to the bowels
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. gripan,; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG. grfan, Icel. gripa, Sw. gripe, Dan. gribe, Goth. greipan,; cf. Lith. graibyti, Russ. grabite, to plunder, Skr. grah, grabh, to seize. Cf. Grip (v. t.) Grope
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grípan, grap, gripen; Ice. grípa, Ger. grei′fen, Dut. grijpen; allied to grab.

Usage

In literature:

To gripe the tall town-steeple by the waste, And scoop it out to be his drinking-horn.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Avarice, hard dealing, griping cares?
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
He threw his arms tight around my body, and hugged me in what I thought would be the death-gripe.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
Didn't know you had any gripe.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Or the great Teufelsdrockh with envy gripe!
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Oponui seized her arms with the gripe of a giant.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
The effect of his gripe was instantly apparent.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
It's hard to admit an exception to a pet gripe against things.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The Bunch griped about courses, jobs, and the stubbornness of materials, but they made progress.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
But thou hast robbed the lioness of her whelp, and thou art in her gripe!
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The effect of his gripe was instantly apparent.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Said of a vessel when she gripes, or comes to the wind quickly.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It should be taken thrice a day, if it produces no griping or sickness, for two or three weeks.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
It was new to Juggins, and it used to give him awful gripes, but he stuck to it like a man.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
He was seized with such gripings and faintness that he was sure his last hour had come.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Once under way again, the Rector felt a gripe at his heart.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Gripe 'em good while you're at it.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Avarice, hard dealing, griping cares?
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Old Gripes would be up before day, and on the lookout for these wagons.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
I can't learn nothink when I've got nothink but a griping inside of me.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
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In poetry:

Reflect, how, like a thief, death treads,
And hovers daily o'er our heads:
No trump proclaims him on the way,
'Till unawares he gripes his prey.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
O make me to the Gospel lend an ear,
And to the promises recorded there!
O, make me grasp those promises divine
With Faith's strong gripe, and make them ever mine.
"A Prayer To Direct A Sick Man What Things Are Most Necessary For Him To Ask, And To Meditate Upon, I" by Rees Prichard
Observe the griping us'rers sons and heirs,
Those of th' oppressor, and successful thief,
How each from church to church for pence repairs,
And daily with his wallet begs relief!
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
Welcome, ye living! from the foeman's gripe
Your country's banner it was yours to wrest,--
Ah, many a forehead shows the banner-stripe,
And stars, once crimson, hallow many a breast.
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
For had the carl but been aware,
That meagre death, who none does spare,
T'attempt sic things should ever dare,
As stop his pipe;
He might have come to flee or scare;
The greedy gripe.
"An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto" by James Thomson
With the strong arm of faith, thy Redeemer arrest,
Lay hold of him firmly, if thou wou'dst be blest,
Nor quit the close gripe, 'till at last thou hast gain'd
The grace to be sav'd, and his favour obtain'd.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

What other social media gripes do you have.
My gripe is the use of the term "leaf peepers".
Tommy Layne unopposed, re-elected despite gripes .
For voters at some polling areas today, the wait to cast a ballot was the biggest gripe .
Planners' Pet Peeves: More Gripes About Suppliers.
Lower Manhattan boom spurs gripes .
First the Hype, Now the Gripes .
Rumors of new iPad swirl as iPhone 5 owners air their gripes .
For Apple's iPhone 5 and iOS 6, gripes follow hype.
Went too hard on Osama, Iran dictator gripes .
Check out these iPhone 5 user gripes .
Interactive artwork records wishes and gripes , airs them in Philadelphia's nighttime skyline.
Outclassed England can have no gripes .
Well tonight's feature act, Pearl Jam, is not being streamed live and many have taken to social media to gripe about it.
Rivalry, overrated, All-Big 12 gripes .
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