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

Granted, in a pre-internet age, fans had less of a platform to gripe, but unlike some of the more abrupt recent transitions, such as depicting Thor as a woman, Storm’s progression seemed wholly organic. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Storm is comics’ overlooked groundbreaking superhero," 11 Sep. 2019 At the town hall event, about 200 people on filled a second-floor meeting room at Lynx Central Station in downtown Orlando to offer suggestion or gripe about roads, buses and trains. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stumps for penny sales tax for transportation," 22 Aug. 2019 The film’s performance overshot expectations and — along with The Lion King — suggests Disney’s live-action reboot strategy is working even if fans of the originals gripe. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The 17 biggest summer box office winners and losers of 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees or to avoid them altogether. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019 One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees, or to avoid them altogether. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 Their gripes were poor working conditions and firings after some had tried to unionise—something that in America Fuyao fought tooth and nail, and successfully, to block. The Economist, "A Netflix documentary provokes reflection in China," 29 Aug. 2019 The basis for their gripe is the world’s sudden obsession with the relative altitude of interest rates — the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury bond dipped as much as 1.9 basis points below the rate on the two-year on Wednesday. Elena Popina, Los Angeles Times, "Yield curve may signal recession — but don’t dump stocks, experts say," 14 Aug. 2019 Yang has welcomed the embrace of this subset of internet media, and is good at appearing sympathetic to their gripes while not quite echoing them himself. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "How Andrew Yang’s Robot Apocalypse Can Heal a Divided Nation," 18 July 2019 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

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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

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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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