1. (US) to disgust.
|Pardners (1912) 29: It gripes me to hear a man cry.|
|Prison Nurse (1964) 114: You bellyachers gripe me.|
|Gaudy Image (1966) 71: That puff ball and his fat words. He griped me.|
2. (orig. US) to complain, to make a fuss; thus griping adj., complaining.
|in Prelude (1967) 125: gripe, crab.|
|Disinherited 134: They’re gettin’ tired of your gripin’.|
|Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1986) 232: The big kids griped whenever they had to eat in the kitchen.|
|Long Good-Bye 201: The weather was hot and sticky [...] Everybody was griping about it.|
|Chosen Few (1966) 12: If the Japs gripe about those two bombs [...] they’re called bitter too.|
|Union Dues (1978) 57: Theopolis told a griping story about a job counselor he’d been sent to who wouldn’t get off his back.|
|Rivethead (1992) 109: We fell back into our old routine of gripin’ and groanin’ about every vestige of assembly labor.|
|Guardian Guide 5–11 Feb. 81: Ian, gripes straight-talking carpenter Chris, is all mouth and trousers.|
3. (US) to anger, to annoy.
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Gripes me: Gets me sore.|
|Sexus (1969) 131: God, how it must gripe you to get up every morning and go to work!|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 724: It gripes me every day to have that jerk use it.letter 11/12 Apr. in Baker|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 31: What’s griping you?|
|in Living Black 28: That was another thing to gripe with them about [...] because they said they were not blackfellers, they were Chinamen.|
(US campus) to anger or disgust greatly.
|AS VI:3 205: That gripes my soul: that annoys me.‘U. of Missouri Sl.’|
|DAS 231/2: Gripes my middle kidney. Gripes me extremely. Common c1945.|
|Doom Pussy 212: It gripes my very soul to think about you and your women.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 39: Jesus Krist they gripe my shit the rotten bastards.|