Meaning of TRIP in English


I. ˈtrip verb

( tripped ; trip·ping )

Etymology: Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb


a. : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps

b. : to walk with light quick steps

2. : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble

3. : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)

4. : to stumble in articulation when speaking

5. : to make a journey


a. : to actuate a mechanism

b. : to become operative


a. : to get high on a psychedelic drug (as LSD) : turn on — often used with out

b. slang : freak 3b

transitive verb


a. : to cause to stumble — often used with up

b. : to cause to fail : obstruct — often used with up

2. : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder ; also : expose — usually used with up

3. archaic : to perform (as a dance) lightly or nimbly

4. : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free


a. : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering

b. : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering

6. : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent

trip the fire alarm

- trip the light fantastic

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing


a. : voyage , journey

b. : a single round or tour on a business errand

3. : error , misstep

4. : a quick light step

5. : a faltering step caused by stumbling


a. : the action of tripping mechanically

b. : a device for tripping a mechanism (as a catch or detent)


a. : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (as LSD)

b. : an exciting or unusual experience

the party was a trip

8. : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind

a guilt trip

on a nostalgia trip

9. : scene , lifestyle

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.