grope

verb \ ˈgrōp \

Definition of grope

groped; groping
intransitive verb
1 :to feel about blindly or uncertainly in search
  • grope for the light switch
2 :to look for something blindly or uncertainly
  • grope for the right words
3 :to feel one's way
  • groped along the dark passage
transitive verb
1 :feel up
  • claims that her boss tried to grope her
2 :to find (one's way) by groping

grope

noun

groper

noun

Examples of grope in a Sentence

  1. I groped for the light switch.

  2. She groped around in her purse, looking for her comb.

  3. We groped along the dark passage.

  4. She claims that her boss tried to grope her.

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Origin and Etymology of grope

Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize

grope Synonyms



GROPE Defined for English Language Learners

grope

verb

Definition of grope for English Language Learners

  • : to search for something by reaching or touching usually with your fingers in an awkward way

  • : to move forward carefully by putting your hands in front of you so that you can feel anything that blocks you

  • : to touch (someone) in an unwanted and unexpected sexual way


GROPE Defined for Kids

grope

verb \ ˈgrōp \

Definition of grope for Students

groped; groping
1 :to move along by feeling with the hands
  • He groped along the dark hallway.
2 :to seek by or as if by feeling around
  • She groped for the light switch.
  • He was groping for an answer.


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