Definition of grope
- grope for the light switch
- grope for the right words
- groped along the dark passage
- claims that her boss tried to grope her
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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