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.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

We grope for the wall like the blind. --Is. lix. 10. [1913 Webster]

To grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities ot a worldly life. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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