Nearby words

  1. riot squad,
  2. rioter,
  3. rioting,
  4. riotous,
  5. riotous living,
  6. rip cord,
  7. rip current,
  8. rip entry,
  9. rip into,
  10. rip off


    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

1470–80; 1960–65 for def 10; obscurely akin to Frisian rippe, dialectal Dutch rippen; compare dialectal English ripple to scratch

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)




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

Origin of rip

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



noun Informal.

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

Origin of rip

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




a male given name, form of Robert.


or RIP

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

Origin of R.I.P.

< Latin requiēscat (or requiēscant) in pāce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rip


abbreviation for

requiescat or requiescant in pace

Word Origin for RIP

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

verb rips, ripping or ripped

to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent
(tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughlythey ripped out all the old kitchen units
(intr) informal to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong
(intr foll by into) informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)
(tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain
(tr) informal computing to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment
let rip to act or speak without restraint


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


Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

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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Word Origin and History for rip
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for rip



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


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


In addition to the idioms beginning with rip

  • ripe old age
  • rip into
  • rip off

also see:

  • let it rip
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