Pronunciation Verb

grip (grips, present participle gripping; past and past participle gripped)

  1. (transitive) To take hold of, particularly with the hand.
    That suitcase is heavy, so grip the handle firmly.
    The glue will begin to grip within five minutes.
    After a few slips, the tires gripped the pavement.
  2. (transitive) To help or assist, particularly in an emotional sense.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      By and by fumes of brandy began to fill the air, and climb to where I lay, overcoming the mouldy smell of decayed wood and the dampness of the green walls. It may have been that these fumes mounted to my head, and gave me courage not my own, but so it was that I lost something of the stifling fear that had gripped me, and could listen with more ease to what was going forward
    He grips me.
  3. (intransitive) To do something with another that makes you happy/gives you relief.
    Let’s grip (get a coffee, hang, take a break, see a movie, etc.)
  4. To trench; to drain.
Synonyms Translations Noun


  1. A hold or way of holding, particularly with the hand.
    It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
    The ball will move differently depending on the grip used when throwing it.
  2. A handle or other place to grip.
    the grip of a sword
    There are several good grips on the northern face of this rock.
  3. (computing, GUI) A visual component on a window etc. enabling it to be resized and/or moved.
  4. (film production) A person responsible for handling equipment on the set.
  5. A channel cut through a grass verge (especially for the purpose of draining water away from the highway).
  6. (chiefly, Southern California slang) A lot of something.
    That is a grip of cheese.
  7. (chiefly, Southern California slang) A long time.
    I haven't seen you in a grip.
  8. Archaic spelling of grippe#English|grippe: Influenza, flu.
    She has the grip.
    • 1911, Theodore Dreiser, Jennie Gerhardt, Chapter XXXII ↗:
      It so happened that, during a stretch of inclement weather in the fall, Lester was seized with a mild form of grip. When he felt the first symptoms he thought that his indisposition would be a matter of short duration, and tried to overcome it by taking a hot bath and a liberal dose of quinine. But the infection was stronger than he counted on; by morning he was flat on his back, with a severe fever and a splitting headache.
  9. (archaic) A small travelling-bag or gripsack.
  10. An apparatus attached to a car for clutching a traction cable.
  11. Assistance; help or encouragement.
    He gave me a grip.
  12. A helpful, interesting, admirable, or inspiring person.
    You're a real grip.
  13. (slang) As much as one can hold in a hand; a handful.
    I need to get a grip of nails for my project.
  14. (figurative) A tenacious grasp; a holding fast.
    in the grip of a blackmailer
  15. A device for grasping or holding fast to something.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Noun

grip (plural grips)

  1. (dialectal) A small ditch or trench; a channel to carry off water or other liquid; a drain.

grip (plural grips)

  1. (obsolete) The griffin.

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