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 automaker's products are so uniformly likable that finding things to gripe about takes some pedantic effort. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Our Mazda CX-5 Turbo Deserves a Better Infotainment System," 3 Feb. 2020 And scientists often gripe about inadequate budgets for their work. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — In just three years, the Trump administration has diminished the role of science in federal policymaking while halting or disrupting research projects nationwide, marking a transformation of the federal government whose effects, experts said, could reverberate for years.," 29 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What’s obvious is Ramsey has an issue with football czar Tom Coughlin, and there seem to be other, less important gripes after that. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "The Latest in the Saga of Jalen Ramsey," 26 Sep. 2019 The head of Nissan got an earful over low profits (among other gripes). The Economist, "Japanese AGMs are getting more boisterous," 28 June 2019 About the only gripe: the Bruins’ formidable power play (second in the league) went 1 for 6, despite having 2:15 of 5-on-3 time. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Four on the floor: Bruins roll over Canucks," 5 Feb. 2020 Another gripe: a failure to build consensus on key issues like carbon trading, even as the second week of negotiations wore on. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "U.N. Climate Talks Limp to a Disappointing Close," 16 Dec. 2019 Their biggest gripe: Only about half of district parents said activities offered by their child’s school matched their interests. oregonlive, "Teens in Portland Public Schools say they’re not excited about class, feel little connection to staff and faculty," 14 Nov. 2019 In 1999 the late Douglas Adams penned a column for London's Sunday Times on gripes about the nascent Internet. Curtis Brainard, Scientific American, "The Tech Horizon," 15 Dec. 2019 But Gervais also takes our current gripe culture — and by extension himself — to task, as well. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The best (and worst) TV shows of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 Trump's refusal to make public his tax returns has been a consistent gripe of his critics on the left. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Supreme Court unlikely to help Trump keep his taxes from prosecutors," 4 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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The first known use of gripe was before the 12th century

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