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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for tripper
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  • We have also tripper from trip, a dialect word for flock, probably related to troop.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • A week-end tripper, or somebody with a flourish at each end of his name?

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • tripper (who is proud of his superior acquaintance with a foreign language).

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

  • The best example of the cultured, but common, tripper is the educated Englishman on the Continent.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The day tripper, with his Arriet, is unknown here, for the simple reason that there would be nothing for him to do.

    As the Crow Flies Walter Phelps Dodge
  • To a mere outsider—a mere summer tripper hurrying through—Yarrow is little different from others of the southland valleys.

    In the Border Country W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
  • But the tripper is not welcome and the envious tangle of trees and shrubbery denies to the wayfarer even a glimpse of the house.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • In the twilight the blush caused by being taken for a Plymouth tripper was not perceived. '

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • tripper—none too clean in appearance—charters bathing machine.

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
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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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