griper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gripe +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

griper (plural gripers)

  1. One who gripes
  2. (archaic) An oppressor or extortioner
    • 1601 December 1, John Croke, speaking before Parliament, in Proceedings in the Commons, 1601, British History Online:
      She did Accept of our intended Present, which (she said) manifested our Love and Loyalty; most graciously affirming, That She was never any greedy Griper, or fast Holder; and what We did present, She would not hoard up; but Our Eyes should see the Bestowing of it.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, Church History of Britain, edition 1845 ed., page 150:
      [] there wanted not those who condemned his pride and hypocrisy, knowing Pandulphus to be a most greedy griper, as appeared by his unconscionable oppression in the bishopric of Norwich, which was afterwards bestowed upon him.
    • 1825, “Harmony at Congress”, in The Spirit of the Public Journals, page 533:
      When Southey's sackbut tunes the praise
      Of every Royal griper,
      Or any Minister, whose pipe
      Takes part in measures rotten ripe,
      While England pays the piper!

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

griper

  1. present tense of gripa.