verb (used without object), griped, griping.
Informal. to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
to suffer pain in the bowels.
Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to tend to come into the wind; to be ardent.
verb (used with object), griped, griping.
to seize and hold firmly; ; grasp; clutch.
to produce pain in (the bowels) as if by constriction.
to distress or oppress.
to annoy or irritate:
His tone of voice gripes me.
to grasp or clutch, as a miser.
Nautical. to secure (a lifeboat) to a deck or against a pudding boom on davits.
the act of gripping, grasping, or clutching.
Informal. a nagging complaint.
a firm hold; clutch.
a grasp; hold; control.
something that grips or clutches; a claw or grip.
a handle, hilt, etc.
Usually, gripes. Pathology. an intermittent spasmodic pain in the bowels.
(intransitive) (informal) to complain, esp in a persistent nagging manner
to cause sudden intense pain in the intestines of (a person) or (of a person) to experience this pain
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a ship) to tend to come up into the wind in spite of the helm
(archaic) to clutch; grasp
(transitive) (archaic) to afflict
(usually pl) a sudden intense pain in the intestines; colic
(informal) a complaint or grievance
(in pl) (nautical) the lashings that secure a boat
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.
late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.
v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
To have sharp pains in the bowels. n.
[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ”colic, bellyache, stomach cramp”]
[IBM] A wry (and thoroughly unofficial) name for IBM’s internal VNET system, deriving from its common use by IBMers to voice pointed criticism of IBM management that would be taboo in more formal channels. [Jargon File]
[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; ; grasp; clutch. 5. […]
- Gripe session
noun phrase A conversation or discussion consisting primarily of complaints (1940s+)
noun a website created to make consumers aware of deficient goods and services; also written gripe site Examples There is a farmers’ gripe site. Word Origin 2004 Usage Note computing