rip-roaring

[ rip-rawr-ing, -rohr- ]
/ ˈrɪpˌrɔr ɪŋ, -ˌroʊr- /

adjective Informal.

boisterously wild and exciting; riotous: Have a rip-roaring good time.

Nearby words

  1. rip on,
  2. rip up,
  3. rip van winkle,
  4. rip-off,
  5. rip-rap,
  6. rip-saw,
  7. rip-tide,
  8. riparian,
  9. riparian right,
  10. riparian rights

Origin of rip-roaring

1825–35, Americanism; rip1 + roaring, alteration of rip-roarious, modeled on uproarious

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British Dictionary definitions for riproaring

rip-roaring

adjective

informal characterized by excitement, intensity, or boisterous behaviour
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Word Origin and History for riproaring

riproaring

adj.

1834, altered from riproarious (1821), from rip (v.) "tear apart" + uproarious; see uproar.

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