• To complain; to whine.
  • To annoy or bother.
  • To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing close-hauled, requires constant labour at the helm.
  • 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.
  • To suffer griping pains.
  • To make a grab (to, towards, at or upon something).
  • To seize or grasp.



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  • From Middle English gripen, from Old English grīpan, from Proto-Germanic *grīpaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreyb- ("to grab, grasp"). Cognate with West Frisian gripe, Low German griepen, Dutch grijpen, German greifen, Danish gribe, Swedish gripa. See also grip, grope.

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