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.
A chronic complainer; malcontent; kvetch (1938+)
[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ”colic, bellyache, stomach cramp”]
- 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
- Gripe site
noun See gripesite
- Gripe water
noun 1. (Brit) a solution given to infants to relieve colic