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Definition of "gripe" []

  • Informal To complain naggingly or petulantly; grumble. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have sharp pains in the bowels. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To irritate; annoy: Her petty complaints really gripe me. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause sharp pain in the bowels of. (verb-transitive)
  • To grasp; seize. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gripe" in a sentence
  • "My main gripe is that I pictured two women in my mind until just after a third of the way through the piece."
  • "My main gripe is that the mobile sites are hosted at the wirenode. mobi domain, though I'd imagine it is possible to transport them over to your own servers too."
  • "My main gripe is that, for some unknown reason, web pages now refuse to recognise that I have Shockwave and Java plugins installed on the browser."