Definition of Gripe

1. Noun. Informal terms for objecting. "I have a gripe about the service here"

Exact synonyms: Beef, Bitch, Kick, Squawk
Generic synonyms: Objection
Derivative terms: Beef, Bitch, Bitchy, Kick, Squawk

2. Verb. Complain. "What was he hollering about?"
Exact synonyms: Beef, Bellyache, Bitch, Crab, Grouse, Holler, Squawk
Generic synonyms: Complain, Kick, Kvetch, Plain, Quetch, Sound Off
Derivative terms: Beef, Bellyacher, Crab, Squawk, Squawker

Definition of Gripe

1. n. A vulture; the griffin.

2. v. t. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.

3. v. i. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.

4. n. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.

Definition of Gripe

1. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To make a grab (''to'', ''towards'', ''at'' or ''upon'' something). ¹

2. Verb. (archaic transitive) To seize, grasp. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To complain; to whine. ¹

4. Noun. A complaint; a petty concern. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) The name of a specific wire rope, often used on davits and other life raft launching systems. ¹

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Definition of Gripe

1. to grasp [v GRIPED, GRIPING, GRIPES] - See also: grasp

Medical Definition of Gripe

1. A vulture; the griffin. "Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws." (Shak) Gripe's egg, an alchemist's vessel. See: Grype. 1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch. "A barren scepter in my gripe." (Shak) 2. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword. 3. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel. 4. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty. 5. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; chiefly used in the plural. 6. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging. Gripe penny, a miser; a niggard. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gripe

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Literary usage of Gripe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The British Drama: A Collection of the Most Esteemed Tragedies, Comedies (1859)
"gripe. Is not she 1 Clar. Then, my dear, to make our home pleasant, ... gripe. Music, in my house 1 Flip. Nay, she has so much complaisance for you, Sir, ..."

2. The Modern British Drama: In Five Volumes by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1811)
"So, there's one dispatched ; I must now fiad out gripe. ... gripe. Art thou blind? I have been just under thy nose this hour. Sea. Sir Sea. ..."

3. A Select Collection of Old English Plays by Robert ed Dodsley, William Carew Hazlitt (1874)
"gripe. Tush ! what care I for that ? so he have lands and living enough, ... [Exit gripe.] Now 'twere a good jest, if I could cosen the old churl of his ..."

4. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"TO PRESS, SQUEEZE, PINCH, gripe. PRESS, in Latin press»*, participle of ... and gripe are more properly the actions of animate objects ; the former is ..."

5. The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine by Henry Southern, Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1828)
"gripe. I must confess I have a great respect for a shilling, ... gripe. Now, I hope, you '11 let me go upon my parole, to furnish myself with necessaries. ..."

6. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Forcible retention ; bondage: as, the gripe of a tyrant or a usurer; ... Those That fear the law, or stand within her gripe, For any act past or to come. ..."

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