gripe

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

Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

gripe

noun

Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

Despite this kind of outreach, cynics gripe that the Shed is nothing more than an amenity for Hudson Yards. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 Mourinho continued to gripe about his squad’s quality despite spending over $400 million of United’s money. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Mourinho Fired From Manchester United as Premier League Heavyweights Struggle," 18 Dec. 2018 The left will gripe that Americans who don’t have access to paid leave also don’t have enough money to save. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Election Tax Divide," 16 Sep. 2018 Forced to divide his time in the engine room as well as doing his duties on the deck, the four guys stuck doing all the heavy lifting can’t help but gripe about the fact that Tony isn’t pulling his weight, despite what’s going on below deck. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 14 recap: Tensions rise as crews members misbehave," 10 July 2018 Let’s make a midweek holiday something to cherish instead of something to gripe about. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. And that presents some . . . challenges," 2 July 2018 For now, the Liberty seem disinclined to gripe about being relocated from a world famous arena to a facility that also hosts a reptile expo and a seminar on knife fighting. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "The Liberty, in Transition, Make a New Home in the Suburbs," 19 May 2018 Source: Second Measure Whole Foods’ new delivery service has led some customers to gripe. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Attention, Amazon Prime Members Who Shop at Whole Foods: You’re in Luck," 16 June 2018 When less commercial artists win the big awards -- think Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock winning Album of the Year -- music fans gripe. Robert Levine, Billboard, "The Recording Academy Seeks New Leader, But For What Exactly? (Column)," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The British theater tends these days to be immune to such gripes and to carry on as before. Matt Wolf, New York Times, "Blind to Race, Gender and Disability, Shakespeare’s Globe Goes a New Way," 31 May 2018 But those CEOs are reluctant to go public with their gripes for fear of retaliation in their most promising market. Andrew Browne, WSJ, "If This Is a Trade War, China’s Winning," 26 Sep. 2017 My only other gripe is that the battery doesn’t last longer. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "This Bosch Hand Plane Convinced Me Anyone Can Use a Hand Plane," 8 Nov. 2018 Marie Jeserine, a 20-year-old in her third year of high school, has other gripes. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 While Vitale offered his gripes to ESPN's cameras, Barkley had the opportunity to grill the tournament's selection committee chairman, Bruce Rasmussen. Des Bieler, chicagotribune.com, "Charles Barkley, Dick Vitale rip into Oklahoma's selection for NCAA tournament," 11 Mar. 2018 My only gripe is that elementary OS's scaling is either 1X or 2X, and there's no in-between. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 House members’ main gripe, however, is that the Senate bill dramatically weakens three key tenets of the legislation, including the need for lawmakers to be liable for discrimination settlements as well as harassment settlements. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress seemed determined to tackle its sexual harassment problem. But, the bill is still stalled.," 6 Dec. 2018 Another gripe from the right is that Treasury is not banning all Iranian financial transactions through the Swift system that ensures secure cross-border financial messaging. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The New Iran Sanctions," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of gripe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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gripe

verb

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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