Idioms

    let rip, Slang.
    1. to utter a series of oaths; swear.
    2. to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.
    3. to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.

Origin of rip

1
1470–80; 1960–65 for def 10; obscurely akin to Frisian rippe, dialectal Dutch rippen; compare dialectal English ripple to scratch
SYNONYMS FOR rip
1 See tear2.
7 laceration, cut.
Related formsrip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·rip·pa·ble, adjective
Can be confusedburglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)

Definition for rip (2 of 5)

rip

2
[ rip ]
/ rɪp /

noun

a stretch of turbulent water at sea or in a river.

Origin of rip

2
First recorded in 1765–75; see origin at rip1, ripple1

Definition for rip (3 of 5)

rip

3
[ rip ]
/ rɪp /

noun Informal.

a dissolute or worthless person.
a worthless or worn-out horse.
something of little or no value.

Origin of rip

3
1770–80; probably alteration of rep, shortened form of reprobate

Definition for rip (4 of 5)

Rip

[ rip ]
/ rɪp /

noun

a male given name, form of Robert.

Definition for rip (5 of 5)

R.I.P.

or RIP


may he or she (or they) rest in peace.

Origin of R.I.P.

< Latin requiēscat (or requiēscant) in pāce
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British Dictionary definitions for rip (1 of 4)

RIP


abbreviation for

requiescat or requiescant in pace

Word Origin for RIP

Latin: may he, she, or they rest in peace

British Dictionary definitions for rip (2 of 4)

rip

1
/ (rɪp) /

verb rips, ripping or ripped

noun

the place where something is torn; a tear or split
short for ripsaw
See also rip off, rip on, rip up
Derived Formsrippable, adjective

Word Origin for rip

C15: perhaps from Flemish rippen; compare Middle Dutch rippen to pull

British Dictionary definitions for rip (3 of 4)

rip

2
/ (rɪp) /

noun

Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

British Dictionary definitions for rip (4 of 4)

rip

3
/ (rɪp) /

noun informal, archaic

something or someone of little or no value
an old worn-out horse
a dissolute character; reprobate

Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps altered from rep, shortened from reprobate
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Science definitions for rip

rip

[ rĭp ]

A stretch of water in a river, estuary, or tidal channel made rough by waves meeting an opposing current.
A rip current.
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Culture definitions for rip

R.I.P.


The abbreviation for “rest in peace,” often found on gravestones or in obituaries. From the Latin, requiescat in pace.

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Idioms and Phrases with rip

rip


In addition to the idioms beginning with rip

  • ripe old age
  • rip into
  • rip off

also see:

  • let it rip
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