Definition of grope in English:

grope

Syllabification: grope
Pronunciation: /ɡrōp
 
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verb

1 [no object] Feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands: she got up and groped for her spectacles
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  • The dentist returned to find me with my head between my knees, and one arm groping blindly for the stop button on the VCR.
  • It was too early to kill him, so I blinked rather blearily instead, groping around blindly for my glasses, and noticed two pairs of feet standing nearby.
  • She shook her head despite his grip, her hands groping blindly for her knives only to gather more cuts and bruises from the broken bottles lying on the floor.
Synonyms
fumble, scrabble, fish, ferret, rummage, feel, search, hunt
1.1 (grope for) Search mentally with hesitation or uncertainty for (a word or answer): she was groping for the words which would express what she thought (as adjective groping) their groping attempts to create a more meaningful existence
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  • I watch, fascinated as I can see him searching, desperately searching, groping for the words.
  • They were red and Katrina's mind groped for the word.
  • It seems that many are groping for words that will cause people to pause and think again, not simply reject what is being said based on resistance to its form and style.
1.2Move along with difficulty by feeling objects as one goes: she blew out the candle and groped her way to the door
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  • I groped my way along the bottom of the boat and popped up into the rapids.
  • He felt his way along the corridor, groping in the darkness for the door he knew would lead outside, facing the east gate.
  • Should we not commemorate in some fashion a young man who worked here among our ancestors and who groped his way through the darkness of the unknown and lit a lamp along the path?
2 [with object] informal Feel or fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially against their will: he was accused of groping office girls
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  • Why should I just sit back and let those sluttish women flirt and grope him?
  • A doctor accused of groping a woman patient during an eye examination yesterday admitted touching her breast.
  • A shop assistant accused of groping a customer as he measured her for a ‘perfect pair of jeans’ has been cleared of molesting her.
Synonyms
fondle, touch
informal paw, maul, feel up, touch up

noun

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An act of fondling someone for sexual pleasure: she and Steve sneaked off for a quick grope
More example sentences
  • And although he admired the breasts, he never dared instigate a quick grope of them.
  • We stood at the public bar and demanded schooners, copping the jeers, sexual jibes and gropes of the regulars.
  • David and I are often to be found by our friends having a quick grope, like a couple of teenagers.

Origin

Old English grāpian; related to gripe.

Derivatives

gropingly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The more sombre, gropingly textured ritual of the Piano Trio is followed by an 86-second Piano Etude - the first of four solos by him for piano, violin and cello - that is like a fantasia on one note.
  • Once in a cab, I saw in front of the Plaza at the pedestrian crossing, a blind man feeling his way across the road, gropingly with his stick.
  • Through feeling in its emotional sense the body moves forward gropingly into the world.

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