Grope meaning

grōp
To reach about uncertainly; feel one's way.

Groped for the telephone.

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To handle or fondle for sexual pleasure.
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The definition of grope is to feel around with your hands, to search your mind for an answer you can't quite come up with or to fondle someone for sexual purposes.

When you feel around with your hands in the dark trying to find a light switch, this is an example of a time when you grope for the light switch.

When you search your mind for a tactful way to decline an invitation, this is an example of a time when you grope for an excuse.

When you fondle someones breast for sexual purposes, this is an example of a time when you grope.

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To make (one's way) by reaching about uncertainly.
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To search blindly or uncertainly.

Grope for an answer.

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The act or an instance of groping.
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To feel or search about blindly, hesitantly, or uncertainly; feel one's way.
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To make sexual advances by touching (a person) in a way regarded as rough, awkward, inappropriate, etc.
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To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see.
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To touch (another person) closely and (especially) sexually.

We've been together two weeks, and have just been kissing and groping, but no sex yet.

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(informal) An act of groping, especially sexually.
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To seek or find (one's way) by groping.
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An act or instance of groping.
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Origin of grope

  • Middle English gropen from Old English grāpian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gropien, from Old English grāpian, related to grīpan (whence English gripe); cf. also grip.

    From Wiktionary