Definition of grope
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 (as one's way) by groping
Examples of grope in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of grope
Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize
First Known Use: before 12th century
GROPE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of grope for Students
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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