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Definition of Gripe


  1. A vulture; the griffin.
  2. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
  3. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
  4. 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.
  5. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
  6. To suffer griping pains.
  7. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
  8. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
  9. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
  10. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  11. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  12. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.
  13. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  14. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  15. 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 Translations

gripe in German is ergreifen, Griff
gripe in Italian is acchiappare
gripe in Latin is queritor
gripe in Spanish is agarrar