grope+about

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 grope — [v] feel about for cast about, examine, explore, feel blindly, finger*, fish*, flounder, fumble, grabble, handle, manipulate, poke, pry, root, scrabble, search, touch; concepts 34,216,612 …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 grope — (v.) O.E. grapian to feel about (as one blind or in darkness), originally lay hold of, seize, touch, attain, related to gripan grasp at (see GRIPE (Cf. gripe)). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as obsolete in OED) is… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 grope — ► VERB 1) feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands. 2) informal feel or fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially against their will. ► NOUN informal ▪ an act of groping someone. ORIGIN Old English, related to GRIPE(Cf.… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 grope — [grōp] vi. groped, groping [ME gropien < OE grapian, to touch, seize, akin to Ger greifen, to grasp: for IE base see GRIPE] to feel or search about blindly, hesitantly, or uncertainly; feel one s way vt. 1. to seek or find (one s way) by… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 grope — verb (groped; groping) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English grāpian; akin to Old English grīpan to seize Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to feel about blindly or uncertainly in search < grope for the light switch > 2. to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 grope — /grohp/, v., groped, groping, n. v.i. 1. to feel about with the hands; feel one s way: I had to grope around in the darkness before I found the light switch. 2. to search blindly or uncertainly: He seemed to be groping for an answer to the… …

    Universalium

  • 8 grope — verb ADVERB ▪ blindly ▪ about (BrE), around, round (esp. BrE) PREPOSITION ▪ for ▪ She groped blin …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 grope in the dark — Synonyms and related words: be benighted, be blind, be blind to, beat about, blink at, feel around, feel for, fumble, go blind, grabble, grope, grope for, labor in darkness, not see, poke around, pry around, scrabble, walk in darkness, wear… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 grope — [[t]groʊp[/t]] v. groped, grop•ing, n. 1) to feel about with the hands; feel one s way hesitantly: to grope around in the darkness[/ex] 2) to search blindly or uncertainly: to be groping for an answer[/ex] 3) to seek by or as if by groping: to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 grope — Synonyms and related words: agonize over, be at sea, be uncertain, beat about, doubt, examine, explore, feel, feel around, feel for, feel unsure, fish, flounder, fumble, grabble, grope for, poke, poke around, probe, prod, pry, pry around, puzzle… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 12 grope — 1. verb /ɡɹəʊp,ɡɹoʊp/ a) 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 ones way, as with the hands, when one can not see. Yet there was no… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 grope — verb 1》 feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands.     ↘(grope for) search uncertainly for (a word or answer) in one s mind. 2》 informal fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially against their will. noun informal an act of …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 grope — [c]/groʊp / (say grohp) verb (groped, groping) –verb (i) 1. to feel about with the hands; feel one s way. 2. to search blindly or uncertainly. –verb (t) 3. to seek by or as by feeling. 4. Colloquial to fondle sexually. –noun 5. a clumsy movement; …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 grope — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. feel, essay, fumble; attempt; hunt, search. See feeling, touch. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. fumble, touch, feel blindly; see feel 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. feel about, finger, seek blindly …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 grope — grəʊp v. find one s way by feeling with the hands, feel about, probe; search uncertainly, seek blindly; touch or feel someone s body …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 grope in the dark — fumble or feel about in the darkness, search for in the dark; proceed by trial and error, proceed uncertainly …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 grope — v. & n. v. 1 intr. (usu. foll. by for) feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands. 2 intr. (foll. by for, after) search mentally (was groping for the answer). 3 tr. feel (one s way) towards something. 4 tr. sl. fondle clumsily for …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 poke about — grope around, search for using the sense of touch …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 beat about — Synonyms and related words: about ship, agonize over, angle for, ask for, back and fill, be at sea, be hard put, be uncertain, bear away, bear off, bear to starboard, beat, beat about for, box off, break, bring about, bring round, cant, cant… …

    Moby Thesaurus