- Gripe Gripe, n.
1. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
A barren scepter in my gripe. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
2. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword. [1913 Webster]
6. (Naut.) (a) The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot. (b) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind. (c) pl. An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.