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

In reality, people who gripe about the state of New York restaurants are usually talking about a sliver of a slice of a fraction, probably around 50 places whose names are in steady circulation, with the newest weighing most heavily in the results. New York Times, "A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza," 4 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Second Circuit nonetheless reasoned that to the extent Brady was mistreated by the NFL’s personal conduct policy, his gripe ought to be raised with his union for agreeing to the policy, not with Goodell for enforcing it. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What's Next for Tyreek Hill After Not Being Charged in Child Abuse Investigation?," 7 June 2019 That eliminates our main gripe and makes the XPS 13 an excellent MacBook alternative. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The Best Alternatives to Apple's Mac and MacBook," 5 June 2019 On Instagram, Jameela Jamil is incredibly candid—about dealing with stress, about her gripes with inconsistent sizing, about celebrities who peddle detox teas on their feeds. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Jameela Jamil Just Really, Really Wants Swimsuits With Pockets," 22 May 2019 For now, the smart move is to build strong business relationships in countries that Washington has far fewer gripes with than Beijing. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump's trade war is here to stay. Companies like mine will pay the price," 11 June 2019 This is weird and not the first time Razer has had this issue in their machines; this was my primary gripe with the original Blade 15. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise," 8 Nov. 2018 The rule created five dozen penalties in exhibition games and widespread gripes from fans, coaches and players who feared an overabundance of flags. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Grumpy Season," 6 Oct. 2018 Twitter's a good option: The platform has long been a helpful forum for airline complaints, and carriers have entire customer support teams monitoring the service for passenger gripes and questions. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Etihad Airways Just Stepped Up Their Customer Service Game," 19 July 2018 Listening to various viewpoints, though, has never been the gripe against Trump. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Trump threatens tariffs on cars made in Europe after week of talk on trade," 3 Mar. 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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