adjective Slang.

drunk; intoxicated.
under the influence of an illicit drug.

Origin of ripped

First recorded in 1815–25; rip1 + -ed2



verb (used with object), ripped, rip·ping.

to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip bark from a tree.
to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
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 29).See also DAE

verb (used without object), ripped, rip·ping.

to become torn apart or split open: Cheap cloth rips easily.
Informal. to move with violence or great speed: The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.


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

Verb Phrases

rip into, Informal. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
rip off, Slang.
  1. to steal or pilfer.
  2. to rob or steal from.
  3. to swindle, cheat, or exploit; take advantage of: phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.
rip out, Informal. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.

Origin of rip

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

Synonyms for rip

1. See tear2. 7. laceration, cut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ripped

burst, hack, slit, score, split, shred, rive, gash, cleave, rend, lacerate, slash, claw, fray, frazzle

Examples from the Web for ripped

Contemporary Examples of ripped

Historical Examples of ripped

  • Then he stopped, tore off his shirt, and ripped it with his right hand and his teeth into strips.

  • It had been ripped almost in half, and was still bleeding profusely.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He caught the one-eyed elder on his blind side and ripped his ear into ribbons.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Very carefully Bob ripped the clothing from the injured leg.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey

  • When the picture came back, he took a knife and ripped it from top to bottom.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for ripped



tornripped jeans
informal denoting or having highly developed muscles, esp abdominal musclesa ripped torso


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 ripped



"tear apart," c.1400, probably of North Sea Germanic origin (cf. Flemish rippen "strip off roughly," Frisian rippe "to tear, rip") or else from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish reppa, Danish rippe "to tear, rip"). In either case, from Proto-Germanic *rupjan-, from PIE root *reup-, *reub- "to snatch." Meaning "to slash open" is from 1570s. Related: Ripped; ripping.

In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth. ... Rend implies great force or violence. [Century Dictionary]

Meaning "to move with slashing force" (1798) is the sense in let her rip, American English colloquial phrase attested from 1853. The noun is attested from 1711. The parachutist's rip cord (1911) originally was a device in ballooning to open a panel and release air.



"rough water," 1775, perhaps a special use of rip (v.). Originally of seas; application to rivers is from 1828.



"thing of little value," 1815, earlier "inferior or worn-out horse" (1778), perhaps altered from slang rep (1747) "man of loose character; vicious, reckless and worthless person," which itself is perhaps short for reprobate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ripped in Science



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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Idioms and Phrases with ripped


In addition to the idioms beginning with rip

  • ripe old age
  • rip into
  • rip off

also see:

  • let it rip
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