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ripsnorter

[ rip-snawr-ter ]
/ ˈrɪpˈsnɔr tər /
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noun Informal.
something or someone exceedingly strong or violent: a ripsnorter of a gale.
something or someone remarkably good or exciting.
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Origin of ripsnorter

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; rip1 + snorter
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How to use ripsnorter in a sentence

  • He'd just about convinced himself that he's a real ripsnorter of a buck.

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British Dictionary definitions for ripsnorter

ripsnorter
/ (ˈrɪpˌsnɔːtə) /

noun
slang a person or thing noted for intensity or excellence

Derived forms of ripsnorter

ripsnorting, adjective

Word Origin for ripsnorter

C19: from rip 1 + snorter
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