Definitions

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

  • n. One that rips.
  • n. One who commits murder with a knife or similar sharp object.
  • n. Slang One that is an excellent example of its kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that rips (something else).
  • n. Someone who rips (something).
  • n. A legislative bill or act that transfers powers of appointment from the usual holders to a chief executive or a board of officials.
  • n. A murderer who kills and often mutilates victims with a blade or similar sharp weapon.
  • n. A hook-like tool used to tear away ore, rock, etc.
  • n. Something that is an excellent example of its kind.
  • n. Software that extracts content from files or storage media.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, rips; a ripping tool.
  • n. A tool for trimming the edges of roofing slates.
  • n. Anything huge, extreme, startling, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which rips, tears, or cuts open; a ripping-tool.
  • n. A very efficient person or thing; one who does great execution: as, he is a regular ripper.
  • n. A robber. Halliwell (in the form ripier). See rip, transitive verb, 5.
  • n. One who brings fish inland from the coast to market.
  • n. A fog-horn. Also called lipper.
  • n. A rip-saw.
  • n. A double-ripper.

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

  • n. a murderer who slashes the victims with a knife

Etymologies

From rip + -er, originated 1605 – 15. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Operation arrowhead ripper is consistent with what Sir Robert thompson termed the four stages of clearing, holding, winning and won.

    Matthew Yglesias » Shocking

  • The second goal came on a 30-foot ripper from the right wing circle that screamed past Roy, and the final goal was a rebound goal that was lifted high into the net.

    USATODAY.com - McCarty hat trick drives Wings to victory in opener

  • The problem I'm having is that the built-in subtitle ripper doesn't get the times right on some movies.

    Doom9's Forum

  • Rash of murders has England fearing another 'ripper' - Los Angeles Times: Rash of murders has England fearing another 'ripper'

    Archive 2006-12-10

  • Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper' - Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's ...

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper' - AP - Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market � software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper' - Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market - software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • I use the awl as a kind of crude seam ripper, which is what I think it was intended to be.

    A good workwoman praises her tools - A Dress A Day

  • "What are we to do if the ripper is my antithesis?" asked the man in the yellow suit.

    An East Wind Coming

  • The plasma cutter is a tool, the line gun is a tool, the ripper is a tool, etc.

    GamesAreFun.com

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  • this word is a positive exclaimation: "good one" - it can be used for a person, place, thing, event, anything. as in "you little ripper!" or "the party was a ripper"

    December 11, 2006