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 (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.
Recent Examples of grope from the Web
Tech news website The Information posted a story on June 22 with allegations that venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck had made unwanted sexual advances — ranging from inappropriate sexual comments to groping — toward multiple women.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said in May 2016 that the female client told officers Sundgaard groped her and made several sexually explicit remarks during the massage session on March 1, 2016.
Another woman told police a man matching Jones' description groped her in the elevator of her apartment building in the 400 block of East Market Street.
Metro Council Democrats have finished their internal investigation into whether Dan Johnson groped fellow member Jessica Green during a community event, but a dispute is brewing over when it should be released to the public.
The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals.
In four incidents, the women were sleeping in their berths when Hernandez allegedly tried to grope them.
The teens lured her into a hallway, held her arms behind her back and groped her, authorities said.
Everyone is groping for a legal theory that will work in court.
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Origin and Etymology of grope
Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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