Proto-IE: ghrebh- (1.to seize, reach; 2. to dig, to scratch, to scrape)
OE: græpsan (to touch, feel), grapian (to touch, feel, grope), græppian (to seize)
Meaning in English
originally: "To reach for, feel around" – compare to OE græpsan, in English from 14.C
1.seize and hold firmly – from mid. 16.C
2.take (an opportunity eagerly) – from 17.C
Great number of contemporary words from various Indo-European languages has the same origin in Proto-IE ghrebh. Proto-slavonic had grebq, gre(b)ti (from the 2nd meaning of ghrebh)
Czech - hrabat, hrob
German - grab (grave)
in OE grafan (to dig) - replaced by 'dig'
grab – from the same PIE root ghrebh – it retained its original meaning – in English from late 16. C.
- “grasp” The Oxford English Dictionary. www.oed.com 14 Nov. 2014