Word of the day

The word for today is…

gripe (verb) – 1. (Informal) To irritate; annoy.
2. To cause sharp pain in the bowels of.
3. To grasp; seize.
4. To oppress or afflict.

(noun) – 1. (Informal) A complaint.
2. gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
3. A firm hold; a grasp.
4. A grip; a handle.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1200, “to clutch, seize firmly,” from Old English gripan “grasp at, lay hold, attack, take, seek to get hold of,” from Proto-Germanic *gripan (source also of Old Saxon gripan, Old Norse gripa, Dutch grijpen, Gothic greipan, Old High German grifan, German greifen “to seize”), from PIE root *ghreib- “to grip” (source also of Lithuanian griebiu “to seize”). Figurative sense of “complain, grouse” is first attested 1932, probably from earlier meaning “produce a gripping pain in the bowels”

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