Grope (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Groping.] [OE. gropen, gropien, grapien, AS. grpian to touch, grope, fr. grpan to gripe. See Gripe.]

1.

To feel with or use the hands; to handle.

[Obs.]

2.

To search or attempt to find something in the dark, or, as a blind person, by feeling; to move about hesitatingly, as in darkness or obscurity; to feel one's way, as with the hands, when one can not see.

We grope for the wall like the blind. Is. lix. 10.

To grope a little longer among the miseries and sensualities ot a worldly life. Buckminster.

 

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Grope, v. t.

1.

To search out by feeling in the dark; as, we groped our way at midnight.

2.

To examine; to test; to sound.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

Felix gropeth him, thinking to have a bribe. Genevan Test. (Acts xxiv. ).

 

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