grope

verb
\ ˈgrōp How to pronounce grope (audio) \
groped; groping

Definition of grope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
plural gropes

Definition of grope (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of groping made a grope for the light switch And what are these clumsy, embarrassing, fumbling encounters if they are not passes, beery gropes in the dark?— Nick Hornby

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Verb

groper noun

Synonyms for grope

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of grope in a Sentence

Verb I groped for the light switch. She groped around in her purse, looking for her comb. We groped along the dark passage. She claims that her boss tried to grope her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lauren Marie Young, a model from suburban Philadelphia, testified that Weinstein invited her to his Beverly Hills hotel room, lured her to the bathroom, stripped off his clothes, pulled down her dress and groped her breast. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, "Weinstein rape trial moving faster than anticipated as prosecutors rest their case," 7 Feb. 2020 Young, a model, said Weinstein groped her breast in a hotel bathroom in Los Angeles while masturbating. Jan Ransom, BostonGlobe.com, "Key Question in Weinstein Trial: ‘Do You Believe the Women?’," 6 Feb. 2020 The claims come after a 51-year-old park guest was arrested for allegedly groping a princess character during a November visit. Fox News, "Disney World characters say they were inappropriately touched, groped by tourists," 28 Dec. 2019 Police say Sato was suspected of jumping the woman from behind, groping her and causing injuries. NBC News, "Stalking suspect allegedly studied pop idol's pupil images online to find her location," 11 Oct. 2019 Police say 37-year-old Detective Juan Jimenez is accused of groping and trying to kiss the girl inside his Brooklyn apartment building. San Diego Union-Tribune, "NYPD officer arrested on sex charges involving young girl," 28 Sep. 2019 According to the complaint, a woman with a membership to Massage Envy said that during a massage at the Daly City location, the male massage therapist touched her vaginal area and groped and fondled her breasts. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Four women sue, saying they were sexually assaulted at massage firm’s outlets," 19 July 2019 In November 2018, Torres allegedly shoved a 13-year-old boy against a wall at a high school and groped him while the two were visiting the American Eagle Soccer Academy. Fox News, "NYC soccer coach allegedly recorded sexual abuse of teen boys and girls," 18 Dec. 2019 The teacher claimed that in 2017 Bibby grabbed her by the waist and pulled her into his car on school grounds, rubbing his genitals against her and groping her. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "The 15 crimes and tragedies that shocked Arizona in 2019," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of grope

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grope

Verb

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

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The first known use of grope was before the 12th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Grope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grope. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for grope

grope

verb
How to pronounce grope (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grope

: 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

verb
\ ˈgrōp How to pronounce grope (audio) \
groped; groping

Kids Definition of grope

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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