1. (Irish, also gripper) a bailiff.
|Castle Rackrent (1804) 130: The execution came down, and every thing at Castle Rackrent was seized by the gripers, and my son Jason, to his shame be it spoken, among them .|
|Tarry Flynn (1965) 68: They tell me the grippers were up at Carlins’ again.|
2. (UK Und.) a fingernail.
|Sixteen-String Jack 110: My boy, the next time you have an observation to make, do so without using your gripers; by all that’s good you have stuck your nails into my arms.|