Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dissolute person.
  • noun An old or worthless horse.
  • noun A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
  • noun A rip current.
  • intransitive verb To cut, tear apart, or tear away roughly or energetically. synonym: tear.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be pulled apart, as by an accident.
  • intransitive verb To split or saw (wood) along the grain.
  • intransitive verb Computers To copy (audio or audio-visual material from) a CD or DVD.
  • intransitive verb To subject to vehement criticism or attack.
  • intransitive verb Informal To produce, display, or utter suddenly.
  • intransitive verb Vulgar Slang To expel (a discharge of intestinal gas).
  • intransitive verb To become torn or split apart.
  • intransitive verb Informal To move quickly or violently.
  • noun The act of ripping.
  • noun A torn or split place, especially along a seam.
  • noun A ripsaw.
  • idiom (let it/'er) To allow something to start or happen with vigor or energy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An implement for sharpening a scythe. Compare rifle.
  • To break forth with violence; explode: with out.
  • To utter with sudden violence; give vent to, as an oath: with out.
  • A dialectal form of reap. Halliwell.
  • noun A handful of grain not thrashed.
  • 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.]
  • noun 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.
  • noun A worthless or vicious animal, as a horse or a mule.
  • noun A rent made by ripping or tearing; a laceration; the place so ripped.
  • noun A rip-saw.
  • noun A wicker basket in which to carry fish.
  • noun A ridge of water; a rapid.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rent made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn; laceration.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents.
  • noun A wicker fish basket.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing.
  • transitive verb To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up.
  • transitive verb To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.

Etymologies

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

[Possibly shortening and alteration of reprobate.]

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

[Probably from rip.]

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

[Middle English rippen, from Flemish; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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