ripping

[ rip-ing ]
/ ˈrɪp ɪŋ /

adjective

Chiefly British Informal. excellent; splendid; fine.

Origin of ripping

First recorded in 1705–15; rip1 + -ing2

Related forms

rip·ping·ly, adverb

Definition for ripping (2 of 2)

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 forms

rip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·rip·pa·ble, adjective

Can be confused

burglarize mug rip off rob steal (see synonym study at rob)
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British Dictionary definitions for ripping (1 of 5)

ripping

/ (ˈrɪpɪŋ) /

adjective

archaic, British slang excellent; splendid

Derived Forms

rippingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for ripping (2 of 5)

RIP


abbreviation for

requiescat or requiescant in pace

Word Origin for RIP

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

British Dictionary definitions for ripping (3 of 5)

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 Forms

rippable, adjective

Word Origin for rip

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

British Dictionary definitions for ripping (4 of 5)

rip

2
/ (rɪp) /

noun

Word Origin for rip

C18: perhaps from rip 1

British Dictionary definitions for ripping (5 of 5)

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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