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Definition rip

Etymology 1

From Middle English rippen, from earlier ryppen (“to pluck”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rupjaną, *ruppōną (compare West Frisian rippe, ripje, roppe, ropje (“to rip”), Dutch dialectal rippen, Low German ruppen, German Low German röpen, German rupfen), intensive of *raupijaną (compare Old English rīpan, rīepan ‘to plunder’, West Frisian rippe ‘to rip, tear’, German raufen 'to rip'), causative of Proto-Indo-European *roub ~ reub- (compare Albanian rrabe ‘maquis’, possibly Latin rubus ‘bramble’), variant of *reup- ‘to break’. More at reave, rob.


rip (plural rips)

  1. A tear (in paper, etc.).
  2. A type of tide or current.
    1. (Australia) A strong outflow of surface water, away from the shore, that returns water from incoming waves.
  3. (slang) A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
  4. (slang) A hit (dose) of marijuana.
  5. (Britain, Eton College) A black mark given for substandard schoolwork.
  6. (slang) Something unfairly expensive, a rip-off.
  7. (computing, slang) Data or audio copied from a CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
  8. (demoscene, slang) Something ripped off or stolen; plagiarism.

rip (third-person singular simple present rips, present participle ripping, simple past and past participle ripped)

  1. (transitive) To divide or separate the parts of (especially something flimsy such as paper or fabric), by cutting or tearing; to tear off or out by violence.
  2. (intransitive) To tear apart; to rapidly become two parts.
  3. (transitive) To get by, or as if by, cutting or tearing.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To move quickly and destructively.
  5. (woodworking) To cut wood along (parallel to) the grain. Contrast crosscut.
  6. (transitive, slang, computing) To copy data from CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
  7. (slang, narcotics) To take a "hit" of marijuana.
  8. (slang) To fart.
  9. (transitive, US, slang) To mock or criticize (someone or something). (often used with on)
  10. (transitive, slang, chiefly demoscene) To steal; to rip off.
  11. To move or act fast, to rush headlong.
  12. (archaic) To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; usually with up.
  13. (intransitive, surfing, slang) To surf extremely well.

Etymology 2

Compare Icelandic hrip, a box or basket; perhaps akin to English corb. Compare ripier.


rip (plural rips)

  1. A wicker basket for fish.

Etymology 3

Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of rep (“reprobate”).


rip (plural rips)

  1. (colloquial, regional, dated) A worthless horse; a nag. [from 18th c.]
  2. (colloquial, regional, dated) An immoral man; a rake, a scoundrel. [from 18th c.]

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