(1)   The act of grasping
"He released his clasp on my arm"
"He has a strong grip for an old man"
"She kept a firm hold on the railing"
(2)   A portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
"He carried his small bag onto the plane with him"
(3)   A flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
"In England they call a bobby pin a grip"
(4)   The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
"He grabbed the hammer by the handle"
"It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
(5)   A firm controlling influence
"They kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"
"He was in the grip of a powerful emotion"
"A terrible power had her in its grasp"
(6)   Worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
(7)   The friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)


(8)   Hold fast or firmly
"He gripped the steering wheel"
(9)   To grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
"The two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
(10)   To render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
"The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"


  1. To take hold, particularly with the hand.
    That suitcase is heavy, so grip the handle firmly.
    The glue will begin to grip within five minutes.
    After a few slips, the tires gripped the pavement.
  2. To help or assist, particularly in an emotional sense.
    He grips me.
  3. To do something with another that makes you happy/gives you relief
    Let’s grip (get a coffee, hang, take a break, see a movie, etc.)

Etymology 2

An amalgam of (cognate with German Griff) and (cognate with Swedish grepp).


  1. A hold or way of holding, particularly with the hand.
    It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
    The ball will move differently depending on the grip used when throwing it.
  2. A handle or other place to grip.
    There are several good grips on the northern face of this rock.
  3. A person responsible for handling equipment on the set.
  4. A lot of something.
    That is a grip of cheese.
  5. : Influenza, flu.
    She has the grip.
  6. A small travelling-bag.
  7. Assistance; help or encouragement.
    He gave me a grip.
  8. A helpful, interesting, admirable, or inspiring person.
    You're a real grip.

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