Meaning of RIP in English


I. ˈrip noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English rippe, ripp, from Old Norse hrip; akin to Old High German href carrying basket, Latvian kribas, plural, wicker bottom of a sled, and perhaps to Latin curvus curved — more at crown

1. dialect : a wicker basket (as for fish)

2. dialect : a coop for fowl

II. verb

( ripped ; ripped ; ripping ; rips )

Etymology: probably from Flemish rippen to rip, strip off roughly; probably akin to Middle Dutch reppen, rippen to set in motion, pull, touch, Middle Low German reppen to touch, move, Old English hreppan, hrepian to touch — more at raffle

transitive verb


a. : to cut or tear apart : split open : slash off

machinery commenced ripping up the earth — G.S.Perry

something the dogface hopefully ripped open with anxious hands only to discover a can — J.P.O'Neill

its passage ripped away the crown of the arch, and immediately the whole bridge collapsed — O.S.Nock

b. : to saw or split (wood) with the grain

c. dialect Britain : to remove and replace (tiles) on a roof

d. : to cut, break, ravel, take out, or undo (stitches) in sewing : separate (as a garment) into its parts


a. : to slash or slit with or as if with a sharp blade

ripped up his waistcoat to feel if he was not wounded — Daniel Defoe

b. archaic : to tear open (an old sore or grievance)

3. archaic : to recall to notice or reopen (as a closed issue or an unpleasant business)

4. : to utter violently (as an oath) : burst out with : spit out

ripped out vituperation, cursing, and blasphemy

intransitive verb

1. : to pull or tear apart : rend

the strain was too great; the sleeve ripped away from the coat

2. : to move unchecked : proceed without restraint : rush headlong

a smart convertible coupe came ripping up the short steep drive — Christopher Morley

3. : to burst out with violent or profane utterance — usually used with out

ripped out with an oath

Synonyms: see tear

- rip into

- rip up the back

III. noun

( -s )

1. : a rent made by ripping : a torn place : a gap left by a seam giving way : tear

2. : a cut of wood along the grain (as by a ripsaw)

3. dialect Britain : rush , speed

IV. ˈrip


variant of reap II

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps from rip (III)

1. : a body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents : tide rip

2. : a current roughened by passing over an irregular bottom — used especially of tidal currents and sometimes of currents in rivers; compare undertow

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps alteration of rep (II)

1. : a worn-out worthless horse

left the spavin-legged old rip standing there — Bruce Siberts

2. : a reckless or dissolute person : libertine , rake

his elder brother was a bit of a rip — Ngaio Marsh

VII. abbreviation

1. ripieno

2. ripped

VIII. transitive verb

1. : to hit sharply

ripped a double to left field

2. : to defeat decisively in a sporting event

ripped the visiting team 12 to 1

3. : criticize : disparage

4. : to rip off : rob : steal

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