From Middle English grippen, from Old English grippan, from a Proto-Germanic *gripjaną (compare Old High German gripfen); compare the related Old English grīpan, whence English gripe. See also grope, and the related Proto-Germanic *grīpaną.
grip (third-person singular simple present grips, present participle gripping, simple past and past participle gripped)
- (transitive) To take hold of, particularly with the hand.
- (transitive) To help or assist, particularly in an emotional sense.
- (intransitive) To do something with another that makes you happy/gives you relief.
- To trench; to drain.
From Middle English grippe, gripe, an amalgam of Old English gripe (“grasp, hold”) (cognate with German Griff) and Old English gripa (“handful”) (cognate with Swedish grepp).
grip (countable and uncountable, plural grips)
- A hold or way of holding, particularly with the hand.
- A handle or other place to grip.
- (computing, graphical user interface) A visual component on a window etc. enabling it to be resized and/or moved.
- (film production) A person responsible for handling equipment on the set.
- A channel cut through a grass verge (especially for the purpose of draining water away from the highway).
- (chiefly Southern California slang) A lot of something.
- (chiefly Southern California slang) A long time.
- Archaic spelling of grippe: Influenza, flu.
- (archaic) A small travelling-bag or gripsack.
- An apparatus attached to a car for clutching a traction cable.
- Assistance; help or encouragement. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- A helpful, interesting, admirable, or inspiring person.
- (slang) As much as one can hold in a hand; a handful.
- (figuratively) A tenacious grasp; a holding fast.
- A device for grasping or holding fast to something.
From Middle English grip, grippe, gryppe (“a ditch, drain”), from Old English grēp (“a furrow, burrow”) and grēpe (“a furrow, ditch, drain”), from Proto-Germanic *grōpiz (“a furrow, groove”). Cognate with Middle Dutch grippe, gruppe (“ditch, drain”), greppe, German Low German Gruppe (“ditch, drain”). Related also to Old English grōp (“a ditch, drain”). More at groop.
grip (plural grips)
- (dialectal) A small ditch or trench; a channel to carry off water or other liquid; a drain.
From Middle English gripe, from Old French gripe, from Latin grypus, gryphus.
grip (plural grips)
- (obsolete) The griffin.