- 1 English
- 2 Albanian
- 3 Norwegian Bokmål
- 4 Swedish
- To use a program such as grep to search in a file.
- By extension, to search anything (perhaps a paper document by eye).
- you can't grep dead trees: one can more easily search through digital media, using tools such as grep, than one can search through paper books (i.e., those made from dead trees)
From Proto-Indo-European *grep- 'hook', from *gremb- (“crooked, uneven”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, bend, twist”) (cf. English grapple, Old French grape, grappe, crape (“hook”), Norwegian grep (“grasp”)). Alternatively a contraction of variant gërepë, from archaic and dialectal gërjepë, from Proto-Albanian *ga-repa, from *repa ‘to peel, tear off’ (modern rrjep). More at rrjep.
- hook, fishhook
- ^ “grep” in Vladimir Orel (1998), Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Ledien, Boston, Köln: Brill Academic Publishers, page 123
- A grasp.
- Past tense of gripe.
- garden fork, graip – a tool, resembling a pitchfork but where both handle and prongs are shorter and sturdier, and which is used more for digging than lifting
- past tense of gripa.