Harp vs Gripe - What's the difference?

harp | gripe |

As a proper noun harp

is for a player of the harp.

As a verb gripe is

(obsolete|intransitive) to make a grab (to'', ''towards'', ''at'' or ''upon something).

As a noun gripe is

a complaint; a petty concern.



(wikipedia harp)


(en noun)
  • A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers.
  • (label) A harmonica.
  • (label) A grain sieve.
  • Derived terms

    * harpist

    See also

    * lyre


    (en verb)
  • To repeatedly mention a subject.
  • (US)
  • (label) To play on (a harp or similar instrument)
  • (label) To play (a tune) on the harp.
  • (label) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
  • — Shakespeare.


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  • (obsolete) To make a grab (to'', ''towards'', ''at'' or ''upon something).
  • (archaic) To seize, grasp.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure?
  • To complain; to whine.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 29 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992) citation , page= , passage=In “Treehouse Of Horror” episodes, the rules aren’t just different—they don’t even exist. If writers want Homer to kill Flanders or for a segment to end with a marriage between a woman and a giant ape, they can do so without worrying about continuity or consistency or fans griping that the gang is behaving out of character.}}
  • To suffer griping pains.
  • (John Locke)
  • (nautical) To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing close-hauled, requires constant labour at the helm.
  • (obsolete) 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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • How inly sorrow gripes his soul.


    * (complain) bitch, complain, whine


    (en noun)
  • A complaint; a petty concern.
  • (nautical) A wire rope, often used on davits and other life raft launching systems.
  • (obsolete) grasp; clutch; grip
  • * Shakespeare
  • A barren sceptre in my gripe .
  • (obsolete) That which is grasped; a handle; a grip.
  • the gripe of a sword
  • (engineering, dated) A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  • Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress.
  • the gripe of poverty
  • (chiefly, in the plural) Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines.
  • (nautical) The piece of timber that terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  • (nautical) The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  • (nautical) An assemblage of ropes, dead-eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted.
  • (obsolete) A vulture, Gyps fulvus ; the griffin.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Like a white hind under the gripe's sharp claws.
    (Webster 1913)

    Derived terms

    * gripe water ----