grope

1. verb /ɡɹəʊp,ɡɹoʊp/
a) To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel ones way, as with the hands, when one can not see.

Yet there was no time to be lost if I was ever to get out alive, and so I groped with my hands against the side of the grave until I made out the bottom edge of the slab, and then fell to grubbing beneath it with my fingers. But the earth, which the day before had looked light and loamy to the eye, was stiff and hard enough when one came to tackle it with naked hands, and in an hours time I had done little more than further weary myself and bruise my fingers.

b) To touch (another person) closely and sexually

Wed been together 2 weeks, and have just been kissing and groping, but no sex yet.

2. noun /ɡɹəʊp,ɡɹoʊp/
An act of groping, especially sexually.

Gropes appear to be pieces of iron binding together the inner joint of the fitting, and grope-nails to have been used for fastening these to the wood.


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  • Grope — (gr[=o]p), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groped} (gr[=o]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Groping}.] [OE. gropen, gropien, grapien, AS. gr[=a]pian to touch, grope, fr. gr[imac]pan to gripe. See {Gripe}.] 1. To feel with or use the hands; to handle. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grope — Grope, v. t. 1. To search out by feeling in the dark; as, we groped our way at midnight. [1913 Webster] 2. To examine; to test; to sound. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Felix gropeth him, thinking to have a bribe. Genevan Test. (Acts xxiv. ).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grope — (v.) O.E. grapian to feel about (as one blind or in darkness), originally lay hold of, seize, touch, attain, related to gripan grasp at (see GRIPE (Cf. gripe)). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as obsolete in OED) is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grope — [v] feel about for cast about, examine, explore, feel blindly, finger*, fish*, flounder, fumble, grabble, handle, manipulate, poke, pry, root, scrabble, search, touch; concepts 34,216,612 …   New thesaurus

  • grope — ► VERB 1) feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands. 2) informal feel or fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially against their will. ► NOUN informal ▪ an act of groping someone. ORIGIN Old English, related to GRIPE(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • grope — [grōp] vi. groped, groping [ME gropien < OE grapian, to touch, seize, akin to Ger greifen, to grasp: for IE base see GRIPE] to feel or search about blindly, hesitantly, or uncertainly; feel one s way vt. 1. to seek or find (one s way) by… …   English World dictionary

  • grope — I UK [ɡrəʊp] / US [ɡroʊp] verb Word forms grope : present tense I/you/we/they grope he/she/it gropes present participle groping past tense groped past participle groped 1) a) grope or grope around [intransitive] to search for something inside a… …   English dictionary

  • grope — v. 1) (D; intr.) to grope for (to grope for one s keys) 2) (P; intr.) to grope around (in the dark) * * * [grəʊp] (P; intr.) to grope around (in the dark) (D; intr.) to grope for (to grope for one s keys) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • grope — grope1 [grəup US group] v [: Old English; Origin: grapian] 1.) [I ] to try to find something that you cannot see by feeling with your hands grope for ▪ Ginny groped for her glasses on the bedside table. grope around ▪ We groped around in the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grope — grope1 [ group ] verb 1. ) grope or grope around intransitive to search for something inside a container, bag, etc. by feeling with your hands: She was groping around in her purse for her keys. a ) transitive to try to get to a place by feeling… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grope — [[t]gro͟ʊp[/t]] gropes, groping, groped 1) VERB If you grope for something that you cannot see, you try to find it by moving your hands around in order to feel it. [V for n] With his left hand he groped for the knob, turned it, and pulled the… …   English dictionary

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