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grope

verb \ ˈgrōp \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of grope

groped; groping
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
1 : feel up
  • claims that her boss tried to grope her
2 : to find (one's way) by groping

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


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grope

noun

Definition of grope

plural gropes
: 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

First Known Use of grope

circa 1513

in the meaning defined above

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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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