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gripe

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verb \ˈgrīp\

Simple Definition of gripe

  • : to complain about something

Full Definition of gripe

gripedgrip·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  seize, grasp

  3. 2 a :  afflict, distress b :  irritate, vex

  4. 3 :  to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to experience gripes

  7. 2 :  to complain with grumbling

grip·er noun

Examples of gripe

  1. All of the workers were griping about the new regulations.

  2. The students griped that they had too much homework.



Origin of gripe

Middle English, from Old English grīpan; akin to Old High German grīfan to grasp, Lithuanian griebti


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with gripe


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gripe

noun

Definition of gripe

  1. 1 archaic :  clutch, grasp; broadly :  control, mastery

  2. 2 :  a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  grievance, complaint



Examples of gripe

  1. <I would rather not listen to gripes about your latest disasters in the dating game.>



13th Century

First Known Use of gripe

13th century




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