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[rip-rawr-ing, -rohr-]
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adjective Informal.
  1. boisterously wild and exciting; riotous: Have a rip-roaring good time.
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Origin of rip-roaring

1825–35, Americanism; rip1 + roaring, alteration of rip-roarious, modeled on uproarious
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  • And if rip-roaring, swashbuckling, drunken glory is what he is after, he gets it.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • O'Malley always had been a rip-roaring fighter who accepted battle against any odds.

British Dictionary definitions for rip-roaring


  1. informal characterized by excitement, intensity, or boisterous behaviour
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