- 1 [reporting verb] • informal Express a complaint or grumble about something, especially something trivial: [no object]: they gripe about the busywork [with direct speech]: “Holidays make no difference to Simon,” Pat gripedMore example sentences
- For weeks I griped and complained about the fact that my boxes hadn't arrived from England yet.
- We chunter through each day, grumbling, griping and groaning.
- They will grumble, they will gripe, they will moan about waiting lists and rotten food.
- 2 [with object] Affect with gastric or intestinal pain: it gripes my belly like a green apple (as adjective griping) then the griping pains startedMore example sentences
- Nowadays an infusion of coriander is recommended for relieving flatulence, bloating and griping pains, as well as for suppressing the lingering smell of garlic.
- It started to gripe my stomach too.
- Sometimes the griping pain was so severe that she screamed and tossed in the bed.
- 4 [with object] Nautical Secure (a boat) with gripes.More example sentences
- The boat must be fully griped in at the davits and the harbour stop pins must be out.
- 5 [no object] Sailing (Of a ship) turn to face the wind in spite of the helm.More example sentences
- I had occasion to observe the vessel griped to windward considerably.
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- 1 • informal A complaint, especially a trivial one: his biggest gripe is that he has lost his sense of privacyMore example sentences
- These are all relatively minor gripes, admittedly.
- Our minor gripes were far out-weighed by some superb service and good quality food.
- Though it seemed a legitimate gripe, complaining did no good.
- 2 (usually gripes) Gastric or intestinal pain; colic.More example sentences
- 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.
- When I brought him home he slept and then he started to cry loudly and I thought he had gripe.
- 3 • archaic An act of grasping tightly.More example sentences
- 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?
- 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.
- 4 (gripes) Nautical Lashings securing a boat in its place on deck or in davits.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
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- But that's not what the gripers are really complaining about.
- You can silence the gripers, but they'll come back later and undermine the effort.
- Next to the defeated politician, the writer is the most vocal and inventive griper on earth.