from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut, tear apart, or tear away roughly or energetically. See Synonyms at tear1.
  • transitive v. To split or saw (wood) along the grain.
  • transitive v. To subject to vehement criticism or attack: The critic ripped the tedious movie.
  • transitive v. Informal To produce, display, or utter suddenly: ripped out a vicious oath.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To copy (audio or audio-visual material from a CD or DVD).
  • intransitive v. To become torn or split apart.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tear (in paper, etc.).
  • n. A type of tide or current.
  • n. A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
  • n. A hit (dose) of marijuana.
  • n. A mean, worthless thing or person, such as a debauchee or a worn-out horse.
  • v. To cause something, usually paper, to rapidly become two parts.
  • v. To tear apart; to rapidly become two parts.
  • v. To cut wood along (parallel to) the grain. Contrast crosscut.
  • v. To copy data from CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
  • v. To take a "hit" of marijuana.
  • v. To fart.
  • v. To mock or criticize.
  • v. To steal; to rip off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wicker fish basket.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing.
  • transitive v. To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up.
  • transitive 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. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 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)
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'), [2] causative of Proto-Indo-European *roub ~ reub- (compare Albanian rrabe ‘maquis’,[3] possibly Latin rubus ‘bramble’), variant of *reup- ‘to break’.[4] More at reave, rob. (Wiktionary)



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