Simple Definition of grope
: to search for something by reaching or touching usually with your fingers in an awkward way
: to move forward carefully by putting your hands in front of you so that you can feel anything that blocks you
: to touch (someone) in an unwanted and unexpected sexual way
Full Definition of grope
Examples of grope
I groped for the light switch.
She groped around in her purse, looking for her comb.
We groped along the dark passage.
She claims that her boss tried to grope her.
Origin of grope
Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize
First Known Use: before 12th century
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