grope

1 of 2

verb

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
groper noun

grope

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
At one point, upper management reviewed security footage after a theft report and saw Garner grope the girl, according to the court document. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 Berner’s wife, Debra Katz, represented Christine Blasey Ford, who told the Senate that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a high school party. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 That dangerous gray zone is where Spain takes place, its characters groping their way through the murk with broken moral compasses, trying to stay in possession of all their limbs. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 30 Nov. 2023 Yet Boebert’s political prospects took on a more dire tone after a September incident in which she was escorted out of a Denver performance of Beetlejuice for vaping, groping her companion, and generally causing a disturbance. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 Among those women was the French actress, Hélène Darras, who filed a new police complaint claiming Depardieu groped her in 2007. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2023 In her complaint filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, accuser Asta Jonasson alleged that in fall 2010, Diesel (whose real name is Mark Sinclair) groped her, pinned her to a wall and put her hand on his genitals without her consent. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Google Maps The most recent incident was on Monday at about 6 p.m. MST when a woman said she was groped near East 7th Street and North Vine Avenue just south of campus, officials said. David K. Li, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 Both groped him and discussed his genitals, the complaint alleges. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Grope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grope. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

grope

verb
groped; groping
1
: to seek by or as if by feeling around uncertainly
groped for the light switch
grope for the right word
2
: to feel one's way by groping
grope along a wall

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