Definitions for: Gripe


[n] informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here"
[v] complain; "What was he hollering about?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gripe, n. [See Grype.] (Zo["o]l.)
A vulture; the griffin. [Obs.]

Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws.
--Shak.

Gripe's egg, an alchemist's vessel. [Obs.] --E. Jonson.


Gripe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Griped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Griping.] [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG.
gr?fan, Icel. gripa, Sw. gripe, Dan. gribe, Goth. greipan;
cf. Lith. graibyti, Russ. grabite to plunder, Skr. grah,
grabh, to seize. Cf. Grip, v. t., Grope.]
1. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers;
to clutch.

2. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.

Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?
--Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

3. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and
spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of
certain purgative or indigestible substances.

How inly sorrow gripes his soul. --Shak.


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

2. To suffer griping pains. --Jocke.

3. (Naut.) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which,
when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the
helm. --R. H. Dana, Jr.


Gripe, n.
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. (Mech.) 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. (Naut.)
(a) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the
fore end; the forefoot.
(b) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the
water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
(c) pl. 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

Synonyms: beef, beef, bellyache, bitch, grouse, holler, kick, squawk, squawk

See Also: complain, kick, kvetch, objection, plain, quetch, sound off

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