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Meaning of GRIPE

Pronunciation:  grIp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here"
  2. [v]  complain; "What was he hollering about?"

GRIPE is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: beef, beef, bellyache, bitch, grouse, holler, kick, squawk, squawk
 See Also: complain, kick, kvetch, objection, plain, quetch, sound off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gripe\, n. [See {Grype}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    A vulture; the griffin. [Obs.]
          Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws.
    {Gripe's egg}, an alchemist's vessel. [Obs.] --E. Jonson.
  2. \Gripe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Griped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Griping}.] [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG.
    gr?fan, 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}.]
    1. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers;
       to clutch.
    2. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
             Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?
    3. 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.      --Shak.
  3. \Gripe\, v. i.
    1. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a
       gripe or as with a gripe.
    2. To suffer griping pains. --Jocke.
    3. (Naut.) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which,
       when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the
       helm. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
  4. \Gripe\, n.
    1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
             A barren scepter in my gripe.         --Shak.
    2. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the
       gripe of a sword.
    3. (Mech.) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake
       to stop a wheel.
    4. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress;
       as, the gripe of poverty.
    5. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly
       used in the plural.
    6. (Naut.)
       (a) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the
           fore end; the forefoot.
       (b) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the
           water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
       (c) pl. 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 penny}, {a} miser; a niggard
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