Definition of gripe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡraɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪp//
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(informal) a complaint about something My only gripe about the hotel was the food. The main gripe has to be the lack of space for luggage. Word OriginOld English grīpan ‘grasp, clutch’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grijpen, German greifen ‘seize’, also to grip and grope. The current usage, of US origin, dates from the 1930s.
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