noun Informal.

something or someone exceedingly strong or violent: a ripsnorter of a gale.
something or someone remarkably good or exciting.

Origin of ripsnorter

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; rip1 + snorter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ripsnorter



slang a person or thing noted for intensity or excellence
Derived Formsripsnorting, adjective

Word Origin for ripsnorter

C19: from rip 1 + snorter
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Word Origin and History for ripsnorter

"something of exceptional strength," 1840, probably from rip (v.) + snort (v.).

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