Definition of gripe in English:

gripe

verb

  • 1informal [no object] Complain about something in a persistent, irritating way:

    ‘it's no use griping about your boss or your pay’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Holidays make no difference to Simon,’ Pat griped’
    • ‘Because his teammates got their share of shots, no one griped under their breath about the number Iverson took.’
    • ‘The local evening paper lavished praise on Oasis after their opening night in Aberdeen, but griped it would have been better value for money if the band talked more to the audience.’
    • ‘The secret is simple: stop griping about the public sector and start viewing it as a source of business opportunities.’
    • ‘He gripes that being a Canadian actor has limited the roles he has been offered.’
    • ‘Mortgage lenders gripe that conflicting state laws make it tough for them to operate coast to coast.’
    • ‘The stinginess of the portion left me grumbling and griping.’
    • ‘I griped under my breath as I pulled the covers up to her shoulders.’
    • ‘The much-anticipated finger-pointing began after the home loss - with players griping about the way teammates complain to the officials, playing time and chemistry.’
    • ‘She didn't complain or gripe often, but she always wanted to be part of the conversation, or always wanted someone who would listen to her.’
    • ‘They were griping to the press last week, saying that if they were in trouble, they would have called the defence force and not the MPs.’
    • ‘They will grumble, they will gripe, they will moan about waiting lists and rotten food.’
    • ‘For weeks I griped and complained about the fact that my boxes hadn't arrived from England yet.’
    • ‘We, nevertheless, inevitably find things about which to gripe and complain.’
    • ‘They might gripe about money and whinge over this and that, but at the end of the day, most of us just want to believe in something good.’
    • ‘He also told me that I need to apply myself to the main work of the group as people have been griping to him about my use of my laptop at work.’
    • ‘You gripe under your breath about everything because you're so sensitive.’
    • ‘Television can make a fool of us all, but it was difficult to see what the boss was griping about.’
    • ‘We chunter through each day, grumbling, griping and groaning.’
    • ‘Many women's sports administrators and officials constantly gripe and complain about the lack of support they receive from sponsorship and the media.’
    • ‘A few of you were griping at the lack of ambiance at their Jazz Fest gig earlier this summer at Club Soda, so it's off to a real club setting we go.’
    • ‘‘Everything was fine until you walked in,’ he griped some, before turning back to the communications panel.’
    • ‘For nearly as long as there has been an entrepreneurial space industry, there has been griping and grousing about regulatory issues, as well as lobbying for legislation to resolve those flaws.’
    • ‘Are you the sort of player who gripes and complains all the time about your putting?’
    • ‘Even as authors griped about heavy-handed editing, readers complained that the articles were too long and too difficult - not edited enough.’
    • ‘Small businesses are always griping about big banks, sometimes justifiably.’
    protest, grumble, moan, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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  • 2usually as adjective griping[with object] Affect with gastric or intestinal pain:

    ‘spasmodic griping pains’
    • ‘It started to gripe my stomach too.’
    • ‘Sometimes the griping pain was so severe that she screamed and tossed in the bed.’
    • ‘Nowadays an infusion of coriander is recommended for relieving flatulence, bloating and griping pains, as well as for suppressing the lingering smell of garlic.’
    • ‘Prune juice started griping my stomach in 2 hours.’
  • 3archaic [with object] Grasp tightly; clutch:

    ‘Hilyard griped his dagger’
    grasp, clutch, hold, clasp, grasp hold of, lay hold of, take hold of, latch on to, grab, seize, clench, cling to, catch, catch at, get one's hands on, pluck
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  • 4Nautical
    [with object] Secure (a boat) with gripes.

    • ‘The boat must be fully griped in at the davits and the harbour stop pins must be out.’
  • 5Sailing
    [no object] (of a ship) turn to face the wind despite the efforts of the helmsman.

    • ‘I had occasion to observe the vessel griped to windward considerably.’

noun

  • 1informal A minor complaint:

    ‘my only gripe is the size of the page numbers’
    • ‘But if the only gripe you can have about watching two discs of soccer highlights is that the music sucks, it's not a bad complaint.’
    • ‘Is it permitted to air a few gripes?’
    • ‘But all gripes aside, it is still an effective and moving portrait.’
    • ‘Though it seemed a legitimate gripe, complaining did no good.’
    • ‘This is not a moan or a gripe but something that's been puzzling me of late.’
    • ‘Passengers pointed to overcrowding, delays, poor conditions and frequency as their main gripes.’
    • ‘Apart from English gripes about the weather, the main source of criticism was the cost of holidaying in Scotland, with one in three continental tourists complaining about value for money.’
    • ‘The first reaction was the violence and what you see in the media but the most telling aspect is that a couple of people said the majority of the protesters have legitimate gripes.’
    • ‘There are some minor gripes I do have with the game play.’
    • ‘At present my biggest gripe is the lack of facilities.’
    • ‘These are all relatively minor gripes, admittedly.’
    • ‘The main menu is fine, but I have few minor gripes about the control setup.’
    • ‘Our minor gripes were far out-weighed by some superb service and good quality food.’
    • ‘Really, my biggest gripe is the lack of extras on this DVD, especially a commentary track.’
    • ‘But these are minor gripes and most people won't notice or care about it.’
    • ‘But minor gripes aside, this is a great, original film.’
    • ‘Of the five local opinions sought on the operations of the Council, traffic and parking gripes predominated.’
    • ‘If we had a minor gripe it was certainly not with the food but with the service.’
    • ‘Privatisation was one of the group's main gripes, according to the memorandum.’
    • ‘I still have a gripe with journalists who consistently refuse to refer to documents like those above when constructing their various conspiracy theories.’
  • 2[mass noun] Gastric or intestinal pain; colic:

    ‘seeing your tiny baby suffering with wind and gripe’
    • ‘When I brought him home he slept and then he started to cry loudly and I thought he had gripe.’
    • ‘Plenty of time for late night blogging while coping with teething, chronic gripe and insomnia from 4am feeds.’
    • ‘Andres was suffering from gripe and sinus problems for a couple weeks.’
  • 3archaic An act of grasping something tightly:

    ‘he seized me by the arms with a rude gripe’
    • ‘Holding me with a strong gripe by the cord that tied my hands, he with many oaths threatened to kill me immediately if I would not be quiet.’
    • ‘Do we know that there is a possibility, on any terms, of unclasping the firm gripe of this little Hand, which was laid upon me before I came into the world?’
  • 4Nautical
    gripesLashings securing a boat in its place on deck or in davits.

    • ‘As soon as we lowered the starboard action boat to the next deck the gripes of the boat caught and we had to cut them with an axe.’
    • ‘The whole operation is performed by one man only in the boat, who, by simply paying off a rope, unlashes and frees the boat from the ship's gripes.’

Origin

Old English grīpan ‘grasp, clutch’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grijpen, German greifen seize, also to grip and grope. gripe dates from the 17th century; gripe, of US origin, dates from the 1930s.

Pronunciation:

gripe

/ɡrʌɪp/