[Obs.] E. Jonson.
(Gripe), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Griped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Griping.] [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.]
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
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.
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
Gripe penny, a miser; a niggard. D. L. Mackenzie.
(Gripe"ful) a. Disposed to gripe; extortionate.
(Grip"er) a. One who gripes; an oppressor; an extortioner. Burton.
(Grip"ing*ly) adv. In a griping or oppressive manner. Bacon.
(Grip"man) n. The man who manipulates a grip.
(Grippe) n. [F.] (Med.) The influenza or epidemic catarrh. Dunglison.