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[trip-er] /ˈtrɪp ər/
a person or thing that trips.
  1. a tripping mechanism; a trip.
  2. an apparatus causing a signal or other operating device to be tripped or actuated.
British Informal. a person who goes on a pleasure trip or excursion; excursionist.
Slang. a person who is under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.
Origin of tripper
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at trip1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There must be no mistaking an artist from London for a Plymouth tripper.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • They do not encourage you to come to Evian in the capacity of tripper.


    Francis Henry Gribble
  • tripper (who is proud of his superior acquaintance with a foreign language).

  • It was far from the track of the tripper, and had not then been spoilt by the wealthy tourist.

  • A week-end tripper, or somebody with a flourish at each end of his name?

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • Versailles, and even Fontainebleau, are too frequently considered as but the end of a half-day pilgrimage for the tripper.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • tripper threw up his arm to show he understood, and then lent his aid in getting up the anchor.

  • When the chain was stowed below, and the anchor securely fastened, tripper went aft and hauled in the main-sheet.

  • As soon as the ugly ledge of rocks running far out under water was weathered, tripper put down the helm.

  • tripper was standing beside him, and pointing at something broad away on the beam.

British Dictionary definitions for tripper


a person who goes on a trip
(mainly Brit) a tourist; excursionist
another word for trip (sense 7)
  1. any device that generates a signal causing a trip to operate
  2. the signal so generated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for tripper



  1. An excursionist; a tourist: the tripper class (1813+)
  2. A person who takes psychedelic narcotics (1960s+ Narcotics)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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