grasping, greedy, avaricious ...1614 obs.
apparently from gripple (adj.) (griping, niggardly, usurious) + -ous, with the spelling assimilated to that of adjectives ending in -ulous
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1614 - see EXAMPLE below
"...The labourers hyre cries in the gripulous Landlords hand. The furrowes of the Incloser cry, complaine, nay, weepe against him: for so is the Hebrew word. ..."
From: The Diuells Banket
- Thomas Adams