ripping

[ rip-ing ]
/ ˈrɪp ɪŋ /

adjective

Chiefly British Informal. excellent; splendid; fine.

Nearby words

  1. ripoff,
  2. ripon,
  3. riposte,
  4. ripped,
  5. ripper,
  6. rippingly,
  7. ripple,
  8. ripple control,
  9. ripple effect,
  10. ripple mark

Origin of ripping

First recorded in 1705–15; rip1 + -ing2

Related formsrip·ping·ly, adverb

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for ripping

ripping

/ (ˈrɪpɪŋ) /

adjective

archaic, British slang excellent; splendid
Derived Formsrippingly, adverb

RIP

abbreviation for

requiescat or requiescant in pace

Word Origin for RIP

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

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

rip

2
/ (rɪp) /

noun

Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

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 ripping

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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Idioms and Phrases with ripping

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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