[ rip ]
See synonyms for rip on
verb (used with object),ripped, rip·ping.
  1. to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.

  2. to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip bark from a tree.

  1. to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.

  2. Digital Technology. to copy (audio or video files from a CD, DVD, or website) to a hard drive or mobile device, typically by extracting the raw data and changing the file format in the process: Can you rip this CD for me?: Compare burn1 (def. 30). See also DAE

verb (used without object),ripped, rip·ping.
  1. to become torn apart or split open: Cheap cloth rips easily.

  2. Informal. to move with violence or great speed: The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.

  1. a rent made by ripping; tear.

  2. Slang. a cheat, swindle, or theft; ripoff: The average consumer doesn't realize that the new tax is a rip.

Verb Phrases
  1. rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.

  2. rip off, Slang.

    • to steal or pilfer.

    • to rob or steal from.

    • to swindle, cheat, or exploit; take advantage of: phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.

  1. rip out, Informal. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.

Idioms about rip

  1. let rip, Slang.

    • to utter a series of oaths; swear.

    • to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.

    • to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.

Origin of rip

First recorded in 1400–50; 1960–65 for def. 10; Middle English rippen “to tear out (seams, sutures), rip, rip off”; further origin uncertain; obscurely akin to Frisian rippe, Middle Dutch rippen, reppen; compare dialectal English ripple “to scratch”

synonym study For rip

1. See tear2.

Other words for rip

Other words from rip

  • rip·pa·ble, adjective
  • un·rip·pa·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with rip

Words Nearby rip

Other definitions for rip (2 of 5)

[ rip ]

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

Origin of rip

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

Other definitions for rip (3 of 5)

[ rip ]

  1. a dissolute or worthless person.

  2. a worthless or worn-out horse.

  1. something of little or no value.

Origin of rip

First recorded in 1770–80; of uncertain origin; possibly alteration of rep, shortened form of reprobate

Other definitions for Rip (4 of 5)

[ rip ]

  1. a male given name, form of Robert.

Other definitions for RIP (5 of 5)


or R.I.P.

[ ahr-ahy-pee, or, especially for 1b, rip ]

  1. rest in peace:

    • (used, especially on grave markers and memorials, to wish peace after death upon a deceased person).

    • Often Facetious. (used to indicate that a person or thing has been destroyed or damaged): RIP to my dignity after that awful spin class.

Origin of RIP

From Latin requiēscat (or requiēscant ) in pāce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rip in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rip (1 of 4)


/ (rɪp) /

verbrips, ripping or ripped
  1. to tear or be torn violently or roughly; split or be rent

  2. (tr ; foll by off or out) to remove hastily, carelessly, or roughly: they ripped out all the old kitchen units

  1. (intr) informal to move violently or precipitously; rush headlong

  2. (intr foll by into) informal to pour violent abuse (on); make a verbal attack (on)

  3. (tr) to saw or split (wood) in the direction of the grain

  4. (tr) informal computing to copy (music or software) without permission or making any payment

  5. let rip to act or speak without restraint

  1. the place where something is torn; a tear or split

  2. short for ripsaw

Origin of rip

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

Derived forms of rip

  • rippable, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for rip (2 of 4)


/ (rɪp) /


Origin of rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

British Dictionary definitions for rip (3 of 4)


/ (rɪp) /

nouninformal, archaic
  1. something or someone of little or no value

  2. an old worn-out horse

  1. a dissolute character; reprobate

Origin of rip

C18: perhaps altered from rep, shortened from reprobate

British Dictionary definitions for RIP (4 of 4)


abbreviation for
  1. requiescat or requiescant in pace

Origin of RIP

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

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Scientific definitions for rip


[ rĭp ]

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

  2. A rip current.

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Cultural definitions for 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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Other 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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