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

 

gripe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɡraɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gripe
BrE BrE//ɡraɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪp//
 
he / she / it gripes
BrE BrE//ɡraɪps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪps//
 
past simple griped
BrE BrE//ɡraɪpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪpt//
 
past participle griped
BrE BrE//ɡraɪpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡraɪpt//
 
-ing form griping
BrE BrE//ˈɡraɪpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraɪpɪŋ//
 
Describing annoying traits
 
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[intransitive] gripe (about somebody/something) (informal) to complain about somebody/something in an annoying way He's always griping about the people at work. Some members were griping about the new constitution. Throughout history, Americans have griped about taxes. See related entries: Describing annoying traits Word Origin Old 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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