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

Bret Stephens’ reaction to being called a bedbug on Twitter is just the latest example of male fragility on display from men who often quick to gripe about political correctness, writes Rex Huppke. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Critics call on Lightfoot to keep promises, toddler killed in ‘unfortunate accident’ at Orland Square Mall and other things to know to start your day," 29 Aug. 2019 In Europe, far-right politicians routinely gripe about shouldering the stigma of their nations’ fascist pasts. Ishaan Tharoor, Twin Cities, "Ishaan Tharoor: The 1619 Project and the fear of history," 22 Aug. 2019 Do Cardinals fans deserve to gripe about not being recognized for their struggles through the years? Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals fans apparently not among NFL's most tortured fan bases," 2 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's how to deal with the most common gripes: Problem #1: Poor cleaning results A dirty machine might be to blame. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "8 Annoying Dishwasher Problems — Solved!," 28 Jan. 2015 In private, Pompeo’s gripes sometimes echo those expressed by fired predecessors, among them H. R. McMaster, Trump’s second national-security adviser. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 Many of us raising children with special needs are probably more aware of the gripes of the public than parents of typically developing children. Jackie Spinner, Washington Post, "In a world where a special-needs kid is asked to leave Outback, is it okay to go to the movies?," 14 Aug. 2019 Such gripes have not stopped employers from embracing such schemes. The Economist, "More employers want to help workers make babies," 8 Aug. 2019 The group’s gripes shifted to e-commerce as more people shopped on their laptops and smartphones. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves to expand tax on online sales," 23 July 2019 In the case of the Bundy family, that was combined with specific gripes about how Mormon pioneers, who tried to flee America in the 1800s to create a new homeland, were treated. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 Common gripes include claims being denied, repairs performed incorrectly, and repairs taking days or weeks to schedule or complete. SFChronicle.com, "Don’t bother with home warranties," 5 July 2019 The hosts alternate between workplace gripes like radios that don’t work in remote areas and topics in the news. Elliot Spagat, The Denver Post, "Racist, sexually explicit Facebook posts put Border Patrol on defensive at rough time," 3 July 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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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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