From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gripe \Gripe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Griped; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Griping.] [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG.
   gr?fan, Icel. gripa, Sw. gripe, Dan. gribe, Goth. greipan;
   cf. Lith. graibyti, Russ. grabite to plunder, Skr. grah,
   grabh, to seize. Cf. Grip, v. t., Grope.]
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   1. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers;
      to clutch.
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   2. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
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            Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ?
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   3. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and
      spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of
      certain purgative or indigestible substances.
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            How inly sorrow gripes his soul.      --Shak.
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