verb \ˈgrip\

: to grab or hold (something) tightly

: to get and hold the interest or attention of (someone)


Full Definition of GRIP

transitive verb
:  to seize or hold firmly
:  to hold the interest of strongly <a story that grips the reader>
grip·per noun
grip·ping·ly \ˈgri-piŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of GRIP

  1. The little boy gripped his mother's hand tightly.
  2. I gripped the door handle and pulled as hard as I could.
  3. The story really grips the reader.
  4. The scandal has gripped the nation.

Origin of GRIP

Middle English grippen, from Old English grippan; akin to Old English grīpan
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with GRIP



: the act of grabbing or holding something

: a way or style of holding something

: power or control

Full Definition of GRIP

a :  a strong or tenacious grasp
b :  strength in gripping
c :  manner or style of gripping
a :  a firm tenacious hold typically giving control, mastery, or understanding
b :  mental grasp
:  a part or device for gripping
:  a part by which something is grasped; especially :  handle
:  suitcase
:  stagehand

Examples of GRIP

  1. His tennis instructor showed him the proper backhand grip.
  2. a golfer with an incorrect grip
  3. He has been doing all he can to maintain his grip on the company's finances.
  4. I need new grips for my golf clubs.

First Known Use of GRIP

before 12th century


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