1. [syn: colic, intestinal colic, gripes, griping]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gripe \Gripe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Griped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Griping.] [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG.
gr?fan, Icel. gripa, Sw. gripe, Dan. gribe, Goth. greipan;
cf. Lith. graibyti, Russ. grabite to plunder, Skr. grah,
grabh, to seize. Cf. Grip, v. t., Grope.]
1. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers;
2. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?
3. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and
spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of
certain purgative or indigestible substances.
How inly sorrow gripes his soul. --Shak.