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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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Related Words for riproaring

pleasant, winsome, enjoyable, mad, joyous, sunny, rollicking, jolly, cheerful, lively, hilarious, amusing, comical, joyful, glad, lighthearted, fun-loving, spirited, merry, boisterous

British Dictionary definitions for riproaring


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


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

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