Origin of grippleMiddle English gripel ; from Old English gripul ; from base of grīpan: see gripe
(comparative more gripple, superlative most gripple)
From Middle English gryppel, from Old English *gripel, *grēpel, diminutive of Old English grep, grēpe (“furrow, ditch, drain”), equivalent to grip + -le (diminutive suffix). Cognate with German Low German Grüppel (“ditch”).
(third-person singular simple present gripples, present participle grippling, simple past and past participle grippled)
- (rare) To grasp.