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 griped
2 [with object] affect with gastric or intestinal pain:it gripes my belly like a green apple (as adjective griping)then the griping pains started
3 [with object] archaic grasp tightly; clutch:Hilyard griped his dagger
4 [with object] Nautical secure (a boat) with gripes.
5 [no object] Sailing (of a ship) turn to face the wind in spite of the helm.
1 informal a complaint, especially a trivial one:his biggest gripe is that he has lost his sense of privacy
2 (usually gripes) gastric or intestinal pain; colic.
3 archaic an act of grasping tightly.
4 (gripes) Nautical lashings securing a boat in its place on deck or in davits.