1. acting with uncertainty or hesitance or lack of confidence
; - Example: "a groping effort to understand"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grope \Grope\ (gr[=o]p), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groped
(gr[=o]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Groping.] [OE. gropen, gropien,
grapien, AS. gr[=a]pian to touch, grope, fr. gr[imac]pan to
gripe. See Gripe.]
1. To feel with or use the hands; to handle. [Obs.]
2. To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as
a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as
in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the
hands, when one can not see.
We grope for the wall like the blind. --Is. lix. 10.
To grope a little longer among the miseries and
sensualities ot a worldly life. --Buckminster.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: acting with uncertainty or hesitance or lack of
confidence; "a groping effort to understand"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "groping":
analytic, awkward, blankminded, callow, dumb, empty, empty-headed,
examinational, examinatorial, examining, explorational,
explorative, exploratory, fact-finding, feeling, gauche, green,
heuristic, ignorant, inane, indagative, inexperienced, innocent,
inspectional, inspectorial, investigational, investigative,
investigatory, know-nothing, naive, nescient, raw, simple,
strange to, tentative, testing, trying, unacquainted, unapprized,
uncomprehending, unconversant, unenlightened, unfamiliar,
unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing,
unposted, unripe, unsure, unversed, vacuous, zetetic