Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To complain naggingly or petulantly; grumble.
  • intransitive v. To have sharp pains in the bowels.
  • transitive v. Informal To irritate; annoy: Her petty complaints really gripe me.
  • transitive v. To cause sharp pain in the bowels of.
  • transitive v. To grasp; seize.
  • transitive v. To oppress or afflict.
  • n. Informal A complaint.
  • n. Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
  • n. A firm hold; a grasp.
  • n. A grip; a handle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a grab (to, towards, at or upon something).
  • v. To seize, grasp.
  • v. To complain; to whine.
  • n. A complaint; a petty concern.
  • n. A specific wire rope, often used on davits and other life raft launching systems.
  • n. grasp; clutch; grip
  • n. That which is grasped; a handle; a grip.
  • n. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  • n. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
  • n. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines.
  • n. The piece of timber that terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  • n. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  • n. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vulture; the griffin.
  • transitive v. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
  • transitive v. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
  • intransitive v. To suffer griping pains.
  • intransitive v. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
  • intransitive v. to complain.
  • n. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
  • n. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip.
  • n. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  • n. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
  • n. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.
  • n.
  • n. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  • n. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay hold of with the fingers or claws; grasp strongly; clutch.
  • To seize and hold firmly in any way.
  • To tighten; clench.
  • To produce pain in as if by constriction or contraction: as, to gripe the bowels.
  • Hence To pinch; straiten; distress.
  • To lay hold with or as with the hand; fix the grasp or clutch.
  • To get money by grasping practices and exactions: as, a griping miser.
  • To suffer griping pains.
  • 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. Fast hold with the hand or arms; close embrace; grasp; clutch.
  • n. A handful.
  • n. Forcible retention; bondage: as, the gripe of a tyrant or a usurer; the gripe of superstition.
  • n. In pathology, an intermittent spasmodic pain in the intestines, as in colic; cramp-colic; cramps: usually in the plural.
  • n. Something used to clutch, seize, or hold a thing; a claw or grip.
  • n. Specifically A pitchfork; a dung-fork.
  • n. Nautical: The forefoot, or piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end. See cut under stem.
  • n. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stem under water, chiefly toward the bottom of the stem.
  • n. Nautical: plural Lashings for boats, to secure them in their places at sea, whether hanging at the davits or stowed on deck.
  • n. One of two bands by which a boat is prevented from swinging about when suspended from the davits.
  • n. A small boat.
  • n. A miser.
  • n. A ditch or trench: same as grip, 1.
  • ; pret. and pp. griped, ppr. griping. Same as grip.
  • n. A griffin.
  • n. A vulture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. complain
  • n. informal terms for objecting

Etymologies

Middle English gripen, to seize, from Old English grīpan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English grīpan, from Proto-Germanic *grīpanan. Cognate with Dutch grijpen, German greifen, Swedish gripa, Danish gribe. (Wiktionary)

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  • Babies can have a 'gripeing' pain when they have 'gripe', a singular noun.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ooh, I came here to link the page but yarb already did it. :) Weirdnet didn't get the nautical meaning of this verb, which is on the chock page.

    October 15, 2008

  • When complaints become ripe.

    October 11, 2008

  • Citation (in an unknown sense) on chock.

    September 9, 2008