Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gripe n.1

[SE gripe, the act of grasping]

1. [mid-16C–early 17C] (UK Und.) any cheating gamester, spec. the member of a team who makes bets with the victim.

2. [mid-17C–19C] (UK Und., also gripe-all, gripe-man-all, gripe-money, griper) a miser.

3. [late 18C] (Irish) a hand.

In compounds

gripe-all (n.)

see sense 2 above.

gripe-fist (n.) (also gripe-penny, gripe-well)

[17C; 19C] a money-lender, a miser.

gripe-man-all (n.)

see sense 2 above.