- The definition of a gripe is a complaint, or a sharp intestinal pain.
- An example of gripe is a person's expression of their dissatisfaction with their work.
- An example of gripe is the pain experienced by a person with irritable bowel syndrome.
- Gripe is defined as to experience sharp intestinal pain, or to complain.
- An example of gripe is having pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome.
- An example of gripe is a small child whining about having to eat vegetables.
transitive verbgriped, grip′ing
- to grasp; clutch
- to distress; oppress; afflict
- to cause sudden, sharp pain in the bowels of
- Informal to annoy; irritate
Origin of gripeMiddle English gripen from Old English gr?pan, to seize, akin to German greifen from Indo-European base an unverified form ghreib-, to grasp, akin to base of grab
- to feel sharp pains in the bowels
- Informal to complain; grumble
- the pressure or pain of something distressing or afflicting
- a sudden, sharp pain in the bowels: usually used in pl.
- Rare a handle
- a device that grips
- [pl.]Naut. hooks, straps, etc. for holding a ship's boat in place
- Informal a complaint
- a grasping or clutching
- control; mastery
verbgriped, grip·ing, gripes
- Informal To complain naggingly or petulantly; grumble.
- To have sharp pains in the bowels.
- Informal To irritate; annoy: Her petty complaints really gripe me.
- To cause sharp pain in the bowels of.
- To grasp; seize.
- To oppress or afflict.
- Informal A complaint.
- gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
- A firm hold; a grasp.
- A grip; a handle.
Origin of gripeMiddle English gripen to seize from Old English grīpan
(third-person singular simple present gripes, present participle griping, simple past and past participle griped)
- A complaint; a petty concern.
- (nautical) A wire rope, often used on davits and other life raft launching systems.
- (engineering, dated) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
- Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
- the gripe of poverty
- (chiefly in the plural) Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines.
- (nautical) The piece of timber that terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
- (nautical) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
- (nautical) An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted.