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groping

[ groh-ping ]SEE DEFINITION OF groping

Synonyms for groping

  • cast about
  • flounder
  • examine
  • explore
  • finger
  • fish
  • fumble
  • handle
  • manipulate
  • poke
  • pry
  • root
  • scrabble
  • search
  • touch
  • feel blindly
  • grabble
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Antonyms for groping

  • leave alone
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GROPING

Dorcas went to her bedroom, touching the walls, on the way, with her groping hands.

I caught at it, and, groping up the stairs, gained my high window-seat.

Do you suppose I'd want him to just go 'groping around' like he was telling you?

Luckily, the old Frenchman was groping his way next the other wall.

In college he had appealed to me because there I was groping and had found nothing.

There was a startled, groping, searching expression in his eyes.

In a daze, groping blindly for support, he waited for the shock of impact.

Whereupon after some groping she rang furiously and asked for a lamp.

The fingers were still at his throat, but now they moved uncertainly, groping.

Then it moved away; not as it had come, but groping its way blindly.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English grapian "to feel about (as one blind or in darkness)," originally "lay hold of, seize, touch, attain," related to gripan "grasp at" (see gripe). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as "obsolete" in OED) is from c.1200. Related: Groped; groping. The noun is Old English grap.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GROPING

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