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 Texas A&M fans will be expected to gripe loudly, and unbeaten Cincinnati no doubt will complain of being victimized by Power Five favoritism. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A college football bowl season like no other includes the usual suspects in the playoffs and the Rose Bowl in ... Texas?," 20 Dec. 2020 There hasn’t been much to gripe about in the games. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Say what? UCLA’s offensive linemen aren’t afraid to make verbal jabs," 1 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, shipping delays led customers to gripe about third-party sellers at the highest levels ever. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Amazon’s big holiday shopping advantage: An in-house shipping network swollen by pandemic-fueled growth," 27 Nov. 2020 All that said, Wild fans might not have the most to gripe about in all this. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Wild's ping-pong ball fails, Rangers win lottery, conspiracy theories are born," 11 Aug. 2020 TikTok excels at connecting users based on their identities, and as a result, there’s a corner of the app for almost everyone, from Cop TikTok and Doctor TikTok, to Lesbian TikTok and the teens who gripe about their strict parents. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok," 1 July 2020 There are more important reasons to clean your boots after each use than just ensuring your significant other doesn’t gripe at you for tracking mud and muck into the house. Popular Science, "The best, proven way to make your leather boots last," 10 Mar. 2020 There are more important reasons to clean your boots after each use than just ensuring your significant other doesn’t gripe at you for tracking mud and muck into the house. Popular Science, "The best, proven way to make your leather boots last," 10 Mar. 2020 Manufacturers already gripe about the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls in January or February, on their business as Chinese factories shutter. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Coronavirus Quarantine Will Ripple Through Global Manufacturing," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps Izzo’s biggest gripe about a top-10 win on the road — one that improved his all-time record against Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to 3-12 — was the Spartans’ struggles moving the ball against the Blue Devils’ man defense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball vs. Detroit Mercy: Scouting report, prediction," 5 Dec. 2020 At the height of the program, riders were often seen booking along Las Olas and other streets — another gripe of critics. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Scooters still not welcome in Fort Lauderdale. Maybe next year, mayor says," 25 Dec. 2020 First of all, while plenty will air grievances over this outcome, nobody has a legitimate gripe with the way the pairings shook out. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: College Football Playoff pairings feel like a rerun, lack drama," 20 Dec. 2020 In a gripe fest on Reddit earlier this year, sellers laid out their concerns. Alden Wicker, Wired, "Get Rich Selling Used Fashion Online—or Cry Trying," 10 Dec. 2020 This is a minor gripe, but the bar retention nuts are not held to the chain sprocket cover. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Battery-Powered Chainsaws," 9 Dec. 2020 One more gripe: Disney could do a better job with outdoor dining options. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Disney World during a pandemic: There’s still plenty of magic under those face masks," 25 Nov. 2020 Last year, he was selected for the MLS All-Star game for the first time — a far lesser honor, but a resolution to another gripe from fans and Timbers brass who said Chara had been snubbed for too long. oregonlive, "How Portland Timbers stalwart Diego Chara finally earned a spot in the MLS Best XI," 20 Nov. 2020 Our only gripe with the close-ratio gearbox is that the shift from fourth to fifth requires you to move the lever quite far to the right to find the fifth and sixth gear plane. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2006 Honda Civic Si vs. Volkswagen GTI," 18 Nov. 2020

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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

30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gripe. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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