gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to complain with grumbling Students griped about having too much homework.
2 : to experience gripes

transitive verb

1a : irritate, vex griped by the new regulations
2 : to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of
3 archaic : seize, grasp

gripe

noun

Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : grievance, complaint Her main gripe was his utter lack of ambition.
2 : a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain usually used in plural
3 archaic : clutch, grasp broadly : control, mastery

Other Words from gripe

Verb

griper noun

Examples of gripe in a Sentence

Verb All of the workers were griping about the new regulations. The students griped that they had too much homework. Noun I would rather not listen to gripes about your latest disasters in the dating game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Season 8, one contestant, Lex, used his time to gripe about Rob, one of the finalists. Sallie Tisdale, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 Good players shouldn’t gripe about not making the Pro Bowl. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Dec. 2021 Unions representing health care workers gripe that far too many hospitals failed to fill vacancies or to retain pandemic-weary staff members. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 25 Dec. 2021 Dealers who gripe about his clampdown are like pharmacists complaining about drug busts. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Serious off-roaders might gripe at the Bronco's front-suspension setup and the four-wheel-drive system's electronic controls, but this Bronco's pilots will appreciate their ease of use. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 27 Oct. 2021 The Crimson Tide has outscored its first five opponents 73-3 in the first quarter and 76-16 in the second quarter, prompting Alabama coach Nick Saban to gripe that his team needs to do a better job in the second half of not allowing as many points. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 But plenty of others gripe about Biden assigning way too much homework. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Athletes used to hearing their parents gripe about taxes might start griping themselves. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My biggest gripe with Far From Home is that nobody else intervened against Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Dec. 2021 In 1989, 10% of respondents told a Times quality of life poll that mini-malls were their biggest gripe. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Penix-Tadsen’s comments touch upon my biggest gripe with these titles. Gabriel Solis, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 Our other main gripe so far is familiar from our last long-term Ram: glitchy software for the 12.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which randomly affects Bluetooth phone pairing and causes the infotainment system to occasionally freeze up. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 24 Dec. 2021 By contrast, Harris’s defenders gripe, Buttigieg’s job is to travel the country, put on a hard hat, and cut some ribbons in front of whatever new infrastructure projects the Biden administration can point to. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 13 Dec. 2021 The Razer Kiyo Pro is one of our favorite webcams, and this deal eliminates our main gripe: the high price. Gear Team, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021 Our biggest gripe with the Stinger (and, for that matter, the G70) was that its base engine, a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, was kind of a bummer. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 14 Oct. 2021 Nash and Joe are back in a movie-length adventure, with a lot of younger colleagues who tease the former about being a dinosaur and the occasional old-man gripe about things like using directional apps during a car chase. Brian Lowry, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of gripe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for gripe

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English grīpan; akin to Old High German grīfan to grasp, Lithuanian griebti

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The first known use of gripe was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2022

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“Gripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gripe. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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gripe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gripe

: to complain about something

gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Kids Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

gripe

noun

Kids Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

gripe

verb
\ ˈgrīp How to pronounce gripe (audio) \
griped; griping

Medical Definition of gripe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of

intransitive verb

: to experience gripes

gripe

noun

Medical Definition of gripe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain usually used in plural

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