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 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 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 One: Being fortunate enough to have a job that allows you to work from home right now doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to gripe about work. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "The Most Crucial Tools for WFH: Kindness, and a Piece of Tape," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Wilcox’s main gripe is that only one player has tested positive, and the others in quarantine have produced multiple negative tests. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Cal loses another football game to coronavirus as Arizona State lacks enough players," 13 Nov. 2020 Players, like people in all workplaces, privately point figures and raise questions and gripe about other players and coaches. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "I’m not a Detroit Lions cheerleader, but why are people so mean to them?," 2 Nov. 2020 But the outdated statements illustrate a long-running gripe about the loose disclosure rules in the $3.9 trillion municipal market. Romy Varghese, Bloomberg.com, "California’s Financials Come in So Late They Reflect Bygone Era," 30 Oct. 2020 Though a common gripe is that the acceleration and transmission in the base package lack pep. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 Our biggest gripe with Crema Co’s coffee was the bags it was packaged in. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best coffee subscriptions of 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 Her main gripe, however, is the lack of diversity behind the camera. Harry Clarke-ezzidio, CNN, "The film and TV industry has got Black characters wrong for decades. Meet the Black British creatives rewriting the script.," 22 Oct. 2020 But no one seems to do anything about it but gripe and complain. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Disability benefits: They’re not welfare, but difficult to get," 11 Oct. 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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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 4 Dec. 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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