1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
To search; investigate
To pry or search
To feel or strike with the paw or paws.
To touch; to feel with the hand.
To stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
(Intransitive) To search by sense of touch.
To search carefully, systematically, or scientifically for oil, minerals, treasure, etc.
To look at or into critically or methodically in order to find out the facts, condition, etc. of; investigate; inspect; scrutinize; inquire into
To put the hand, the finger, or some other part of the body on, so as to feel; perceive by the sense of feeling
Seek is defined as to search or look for something.
Find another word for gropes. In this page you can discover 12 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for gropes, like: fumbles, searches, probes, pokes, paws, handles, fondles, feels, explores, examines and touches.