gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to complain with grumbling Students griped about having too much homework.
2 : to experience gripes

transitive verb

1a : irritate, vex griped by the new regulations
2 : to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of
3 archaic : seize, grasp

gripe

noun

Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : grievance, complaint Her main gripe was his utter lack of ambition.
2 : a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain usually used in plural
3 archaic : clutch, grasp broadly : control, mastery

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Other Words from gripe

Verb

griper noun

Examples of gripe in a Sentence

Verb All of the workers were griping about the new regulations. The students griped that they had too much homework. Noun I would rather not listen to gripes about your latest disasters in the dating game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The typical retort when taxpayers gripe about taxation is to point out the services rendered in exchange. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Twitter exchange with Cook County assessor sums up outrage and exodus: Tax hikes are paying for debt, not services.," 2 Dec. 2019 Morgan was more Cousins than not on that play but, unlike Cousins, Morgan’s wide receivers don’t gripe about him. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, "Bob Sansevere: Gophers’ run game allows QB Tanner Morgan to survive an off day," 5 Oct. 2019 Customers have taken to social media for months to gripe about the cooking method. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Vegan sues Burger King, claims Impossible Whoppers "contaminated"," 18 Nov. 2019 Ordinary Thais, meanwhile, gripe about the traffic jams caused when the streets are cleared to make way for royal motorcades. The Economist, "Thailand’s army chief sees a commie conspiracy to topple the king," 19 Oct. 2019 Those watching from home grumble most about the where, while those who want to attend home games gripe about the when. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs fans shouldn’t expect Mountain West’s upcoming TV deal to solve viewing issues," 28 Sep. 2019 Bicker about the tidying-up or gripe about Dad’s loud sneeze? Ivan Brett, New York Times, "5 Games to Help Make Your Vacation Great," 23 July 2019 Granted, in a pre-internet age, fans had less of a platform to gripe, but unlike some of the more abrupt recent transitions, such as depicting Thor as a woman, Storm’s progression seemed wholly organic. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019 At the town hall event, about 200 people on filled a second-floor meeting room at Lynx Central Station in downtown Orlando to offer suggestion or gripe about roads, buses and trains. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stumps for penny sales tax for transportation," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If marijuana consumers have their gripes, so too do marijuana operators, who grumble in private about the commission’s long lag for inspections, and publicly about backups at the state’s only two cannabis testing labs. BostonGlobe.com, "Still, frustrations and challenges remain.," 20 Nov. 2019 Their gripes mirror those of Amazon’s employees, including that their companies provide technology to the oil industry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Middle of the herd’ no more: Amazon tackles climate change," 19 Sep. 2019 The biggest gripe against Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been a lack of things to do. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Rise of the Resistance: Why the ride is opening at Disney World first, not Disneyland," 4 Dec. 2019 The most common gripes are that, as the population swells, cities become congested and homes become unaffordable. The Economist, "Skilled migrantsHow migration makes the world brainier," 14 Nov. 2019 Most of their gripes centered around wine or liquor bottles being left in the bushes, people making noises or cars driving in late at night and screeching their ties, Fay said. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Orinda grieves over Halloween shooting, councilman calls for ban on Airbnb rentals," 2 Nov. 2019 The gripes are not just about having to dodge red-suited Joker fans during commute hours, though that would be enough. Wired, "‘Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism," 24 Oct. 2019 Where our gripe begins: After the Chargers fumbled a punt, the Broncos (up 14-3) started at the Chargers’ 21. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Why can’t offense stay aggressive and build on a lead instead of losing it?," 3 Dec. 2019 Their latest gripe is Google’s work for immigration enforcement. The Economist, "Business this week," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gripe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for gripe

Verb and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for gripe

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The first known use of gripe was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gripe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gripe. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for gripe

gripe

verb
How to pronounce gripe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gripe

informal : to complain about something

gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Kids Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

gripe

noun

Kids Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Medical Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of

intransitive verb

: to experience gripes

gripe

noun

Medical Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain usually used in plural

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