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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun gripe has 1 sense

Verb gripe has 1 sense


gripen. [See Grype.].
     A vulture; the griffin.  [1913 Webster]
    "Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws."  [1913 Webster]
Gripe's egg, an alchemist's vessel. [Obs.] E. Jonson.
gripev. t. [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG. grfan, 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.].
  •  To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.  [1913 Webster]
    "Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "How inly sorrow gripes his soul."  [1913 Webster]
gripev. i. 
  •  To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To suffer griping pains.  Jocke.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.
  •  to complain  [PJC]
  •  Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.  [1913 Webster]
    "A barren scepter in my gripe."  [1913 Webster]
  •  That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; -- chiefly used in the plural.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.  [1913 Webster]
Gripe penny, a miser; a niggard<-- ; a pinchpenny? -->. D. L. Mackenzie.


gripe, v. & n.
1 intr. colloq. complain, esp. peevishly.
2 tr. affect with gastric or intestinal pain.
3 tr. archaic clutch, grip.
4 Naut. a tr. secure with gripes. b intr. turn to face the wind in spite of the helm.
1 (usu. in pl.) gastric or intestinal pain; colic.
2 colloq. a a complaint. b the act of griping.
3 a grip or clutch.
4 (in pl.) Naut. lashings securing a boat in its place.

Gripe Water propr. a carminative solution to relieve colic and stomach ailments in infants.
griper n. gripingly adv.
OE gripan f. Gmc: cf. GROPE



abduct, ache, aching, adhere to, afflict, aggravate, agonize, ail, air a grievance, angina, annoy, backache, badger, bait, bare cupboard, bare subsistence, be at, bear hug, bedevil, beef, beefing, beggarliness, beggary, bellyache, bellyaching, beset, bitch, bitching, bite, bleat, blow off, bother, brawl, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn, burn up, cardialgia, carp, carping, carry off, cavil, cavilling, cephalalgia, chafe, chivy, cholera morbus, clamor, clamp, clasp, claws, cleave to, clench, clinch, cling, clinging, clip, clutch, clutches, colic, collywobbles, command, complain, complaining, complaint, constipation, control, convulse, costiveness, crab, cramp, crib, croak, crucify, cut, death grip, deprivation, destitution, destructive criticism, devil, diarrhea, discompose, dissent, distemper, distress, disturb, dog, domination, dominion, dysentery, dyspepsia, earache, embrace, empty purse, exasperate, excruciate, exercise, fash, faultfinding, fester, firm hold, flux, foothold, footing, freeze to, fret, fret and fume, fuss, gall, get, give pain, gnaw, gnawing, grapple, grasp, grate, grievance, grind, grinding poverty, grip, gripes, griping, groan, groaning, grouch, grouse, grousing, growl, grumble, grumbling, grunt, gut-ache, hand, hand-to-mouth existence, hands, hang on, hang on to, harass, harrow, harry, headache, heartburn, heckle, hector, helm, hemicrania, hold, hold fast, hold on, hold on to, hold tight, holler, homelessness, hound, howl, hug, hurt, impoverishment, indigence, indigestion, inflame, inflict pain, irk, iron grip, iron hand, irregularity, irritate, jurisdiction, keep hold of, kick, kicking, kidnap, kill by inches, lacerate, lack, lientery, lodge a complaint, martyr, martyrize, mastership, mastery, megrim, mendicancy, miff, migraine, moan, moaning, molest, moneylessness, murmur, murmuring, mutter, nag, nagging, necessitousness, necessity, need, neediness, needle, nettle, never let go, nip, nudzh, objection, obstipation, odontalgia, otalgia, pain, pang, pauperism, pauperization, peeve, peevishness, penury, persecute, pester, pet peeve, petulance, pick on, pierce, pinch, pique, plague, pluck the beard, pother, power, prick, privation, prolong the agony, protest, provoke, purchase, put to torture, pyrosis, querulousness, rack, raise a howl, rankle, rasp, register a complaint, reins of government, ride, rile, roil, rub, ruffle, scolding, seizure, shanghai, sick headache, sniping, splitting headache, squawk, squawking, stab, stick to, sting, stomachache, take on, talons, tease, tenure, throbbing pain, throttle, tight grip, toehold, toothache, torment, torture, trots, try the patience, tweak, tweak the nose, twinge, twist, vex, want, whimper, whimpering, whine, whining, worry, wound, wring, yammer, yap, yapping, yawp, yelp




N authority, influence, patronage, power, preponderance, credit, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction, right, direction, government, divine right, dynastic rights, authoritativeness, absoluteness, absolutism, despotism, jus nocendi, jus divinum, mastery, mastership, masterdom, dictation, control, hold, grasp, grip, gripe, reach, iron sway, fangs, clutches, talons, rod of empire, commission, deputy, permission, at the head, dominant, paramount, supreme, predominant, preponderant, in the ascendant, influential, arbitrary, compulsory, stringent, at one's command, in one's power, in one's grasp, under control, in the name of, by the authority of, de par le Roi, in virtue of, under the auspices of, in the hands of, at one's pleasure, by a dash if the pen, by a stroke of the pen, ex mero motu, ex cathedra, from the chair, the gray mare the better horse, every inch a king.


N retention, retaining, keep, detention, custody, tenacity, firm hold, grasp, gripe, grip, iron grip, fangs, teeth, claws, talons, nail, unguis, hook, tentacle, tenaculum, bond, clutches, tongs, forceps, pincers, nippers, pliers, vice, paw, hand, finger, wrist, fist, neaf, neif, bird in hand, captive, retaining, retentive, tenacious, unforfeited, undeprived, undisposed, uncommunicated, incommunicable, inalienable, in mortmain, in strict settlement, uti possidetis.

VB retain, keep, hold fast one's own, hold tight one's own, hold fast one's ground, hold tight one's ground, clinch, clench, clutch, grasp, gripe, hug, have a firm hold of, secure, withhold, detain, hold back, keep back, keep close, husband, reserve, have in stock, have on hand, keep in stock, entail, tie up, settle.


VB take, catch, hook, nab, bag, sack, pocket, put into one's pocket, receive, accept, reap, crop, cull, pluck, gather, draw, appropriate, expropriate, impropriate, assume, possess oneself of, take possession of, commandeer, lay one's hands on, clap one's hands on, help oneself to, make free with, dip one's hands into, lay under contribution, intercept, scramble for, deprive of, take away, carry away, bear away, take off, carry off, bear off, adeem, abstract, hurry off with, run away with, abduct, steal, ravish, seize, pounce upon, spring upon, swoop to, swoop down upon, take by storm, take by assault, snatch, reave, snap up, nip up, whip up, catch up, kidnap, crimp, capture, lay violent hands on, get hold of, lay hold of, take hold of, catch hold of, lay fast hold of, take firm hold of, lay by the heels, take prisoner, fasten upon, grip, grapple, embrace, gripe, clasp, grab, clutch, collar, throttle, take by the throat, claw, clinch, clench, make sure of, catch at, jump at, make a grab at, snap at, snatch at, reach, make a long arm, stretch forth one's hand, take from, take away from, disseize, deduct, retrench, dispossess, ease one of, snatch from one's grasp, tear from, tear away from, wrench from, wrest from, wring from, extort, deprive of, bereave, disinherit, cut off with a shilling, oust, divest, levy, distrain, confiscate, sequester, sequestrate, accroach, usurp, despoil, strip, fleece, shear, displume, impoverish, eat out of house and home, drain, drain to the dregs, gut, dry, exhaust, swallow up, absorb, draw off, suck the blood of, suck like a leech, retake, resume, recover.


VB be parsimonious, grudge, begrudge, stint, pinch, gripe, screw, dole out, hold back, withhold, starve, famish, live upon nothing, skin a flint, drive a bargain, drive a hard bargain, cheapen, beat down, stop one hole in a sieve, have an itching palm, grasp, grab.


VB cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain, pain, hurt, wound, pinch, prick, gripe, pierce, lancinate, cut, hurt the feelings, wound the feelings, grate upon the feelings, grate upon the nerves, jar upon the feelings, wring the heart, pierce the heart, lacerate the heart, break the heart, rend the heart, make the heart bleed, tear the heart strings, rend the heart strings, draw tears from the eyes, sadden, make unhappy, plunge into sorrow, grieve, fash, afflict, distress, cut up, cut to the heart, displease, annoy, incommode, discompose, trouble, disquiet, faze, feaze, feeze, disturb, cross, perplex, molest, tease, tire, irk, vex, mortify, wherret, worry, plague, bother, pester, bore, pother, harass, harry, badger, heckle, bait, beset, infest, persecute, importune, wring, harrow, torment, torture, bullyrag, put to the rack, put to the question, break on the wheel, rack, scarify, cruciate, crucify, convulse, agonize, barb the dart, plant a dagger in the breast, plant a thorn in one's side, irritate, provoke, sting, nettle, try the patience, pique, fret, rile, tweak the nose, chafe, gall, sting to the quick, wound to the quick, cut to the quick, aggrieve, affront, enchafe, enrage, ruffle, sour the temper, give offense, maltreat, bite, snap at, assail, smite, sicken, disgust, revolt, nauseate, disenchant, repel, offend, shock, stink in the nostrils, go against the stomach, turn the stomach, make one sick, set the teeth on edge, go against the grain, grate on the ear, stick in one's throat, stick in one's gizzard, rankle, gnaw, corrode, horrify, appal, appall, freeze the blood, make the flesh creep, make the hair stand on end, make the blood curdle, make the blood run cold, make one shudder, haunt the memory, weigh on the heart, prey on the heart, weigh on the mind, prey on the mind, weigh on the spirits, prey on the spirits, bring one's gray hairs with sorrow to the grave, add a nail to one's coffin.

Physical Pain

N physical pain, pain, suffering, sufferance, suffrance, bodily pain, physical pain, bodily suffering, physical suffering, body pain, mental suffering, dolour, ache, aching, smart, shoot, shooting, twinge, twitch, gripe, headache, stomach ache, heartburn, angina, angina pectoris, hurt, cut, sore, soreness, discomfort, malaise, cephalalgia, earache, gout, ischiagra, lumbago, neuralgia, odontalgia, otalgia, podagra, rheumatism, sciatica, tic douloureux, toothache, tormina, torticollis, spasm, cramp, nightmare, ephialtes, crick, stitch, thrill, convulsion, throe, throb, pang, colic, kink, sharp pain, piercing pain, throbbing pain, shooting pain, sting, gnawing pain, burning pain, excruciating pain, anguish, agony, torment, torture, rack, cruciation, crucifixion, martyrdom, toad under a harrow, vivisection, in pain, in a state of pain, pained, gouty, podagric, torminous, painful, aching, sore, raw, Special Sensation (1) Touch.

VB feel pain, experience pain, suffer pain, undergo pain, suffer, ache, smart, bleed, tingle, shoot, twinge, twitch, lancinate, writhe, wince, make a wry face, sit on thorns, sit on pins and needles, give pain, inflict pain, lacerate, pain, hurt, chafe, sting, bite, gnaw, gripe, pinch, tweak, grate, gall, fret, prick, pierce, wring, convulse, torment, torture, rack, agonize, crucify, cruciate, excruciate, break on the wheel, put to the rack, flog, grate on the ear.

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