American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cut, tear apart, or tear away roughly or energetically. See Synonyms at tear1.
- v. To split or saw (wood) along the grain.
- v. To subject to vehement criticism or attack: The critic ripped the tedious movie.
- v. Informal To produce, display, or utter suddenly: ripped out a vicious oath.
- v. Computer Science To copy (audio or audio-visual material from a CD or DVD).
- v. To become torn or split apart.
- v. Informal To move quickly or violently.
- n. The act of ripping.
- n. A torn or split place, especially along a seam.
- n. A ripsaw.
- rip into To attack or criticize vehemently: ripped into her opponent's political record.
- rip off Slang To steal from: thieves who ripped off the unsuspecting tourist.
- rip off Slang To steal: ripped off a leather jacket while ostensibly trying on clothes.
- rip off Slang To exploit, swindle, cheat, or defraud: a false advertising campaign that ripped off consumers.
- n. A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
- n. A rip current.
- n. A dissolute person.
- n. An old or worthless horse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate or divide the parts of by cutting or tearing; tear or cut open or off; split: as, to rip open a sack; to rip off the shingles of a roof; to rip up the belly; especially, to undo (a seam, as of a garment), either by cutting the threads of it or by pulling the two pieces of material apart, so that the sewing-thread is drawn out or broken.
- To drag or force out or away, as by cutting or rending.
- Figuratively, to open or reopen for search or disclosure; lay bare; search out and disclose: usually with up. See ripe.
- To saw (wood) in the direction of the grain. See rip-saw.
- To rob; pillage; plunder.
- Synonyms Tear, Cleave, etc. See rend.
- To be torn or split open; open or part: as, a seam rips by the breaking or drawing out of the threads; the ripping of a boiler at the seams.
- To rush or drive headlong or with violence. [Colloq.]
- n. A rent made by ripping or tearing; a laceration; the place so ripped.
- n. A rip-saw.
- n. A wicker basket in which to carry fish.
- To break forth with violence; explode: with out.
- To utter with sudden violence; give vent to, as an oath: with out.
- n. A vicious, reckless, and worthless person; a “bad lot”: applied to a man or woman of vicious practices or propensities, and more or less worn by dissipation.
- n. A worthless or vicious animal, as a horse or a mule.
- A dialectal form of reap. Halliwell.
- n. A handful of grain not thrashed.
- n. A ridge of water; a rapid.
- n. A little wave; a ripple; especially, in the plural, ripples or waves formed over a bar or ledge, as when the wind and tide are opposed.
- n. An implement for sharpening a scythe. Compare rifle.
- n. A tear (in paper, etc.).
- n. A type of tide or current.
- n. slang A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
- n. slang A hit (dose) of marijuana.
- n. slang, archaic A mean, worthless thing or person, such as a debauchee or a worn-out horse.
- v. transitive To cause something, usually paper, to rapidly become two parts.
- v. intransitive To tear apart; to rapidly become two parts.
- v. woodworking To cut wood along (parallel to) the grain. Contrast crosscut.
- v. transitive, slang, computing To copy data from CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
- v. slang, narcotics To take a "hit" of marijuana.
- v. slang To fart.
- v. US, slang To mock or criticize.
- v. transitive, slang To steal; to rip off.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wicker fish basket.
- v. To divide or separate the parts of, by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; ; -- commonly used with
up, open, off.
- v. To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing.
- v. To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with
- v. To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.
- n. A rent made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn; laceration.
- n. Slang. A term applied to a mean, worthless thing or person, as to a scamp, a debauchee, or a prostitute, or a worn-out horse.
- n. A body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents.
- v. tear or be torn violently
- v. criticize or abuse strongly and violently
- n. a dissolute man in fashionable society
- n. a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
- v. cut (wood) along the grain
- n. the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
- v. move precipitously or violently
- n. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
- Middle English rippen, from earlier ryppen ‘to pluck’, from Proto-Germanic *ruppōnan (compare West Frisian roppe, ropje, Low German ruppen, German rupfen), intensive of *raupijanan (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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rippen, from Flemish; see reup- in Indo-European roots.Probably from rip1.Possibly shortening and alteration of reprobate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It had torn all the way around -- _rip, rip, rip_.”
“I am certainly one of the biggest critics of the offset market as it is currently constituted, having coined the term rip-offsets.”
“We also do what we call a rip-o-matic, so the first thingI did was cut together a DVD, which we cut together from the old movie anddifferent movies, in terms of Denzel, and it informed usof the tone of the movie, and I gave it to you.”
“Its super to see Sarah Palin rip huge chunks of flesh off of the Republican party to satisfy her owl lust for power and celebrity.”
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“We have a few fan-made posters on our website that are way better than the official 40-Year-Old Virgin rip-off.”
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