[ trahyp ]
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  1. the first and second divisions of the stomach of a ruminant, especially oxen, sheep, or goats, used as food.: Compare honeycomb tripe, plain tripe.

  2. Slang. something, especially speech or writing, that is false or worthless; rubbish.

Origin of tripe

First recorded in 1250–1300; 1885–90 for def. 2; Middle English, from Old French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin trippa (unrecorded), of expressive origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tripe in a sentence

  • The andouillette, a sausage made from pork and horse tripes, did not strike me as especially appetizing.

    My Horsemeat Lunch | Christopher Dickey | February 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • You've heart me say how much I livet among the tripes before t'e war, and Dus was t'en wit' me.

    The Chainbearer | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Fat double tripes boiled tender, then minced, make very good Pyes.

  • Only by these tripes is memory supported and made positive, for it was the first time either had tackled this dish.

    Pipefuls | Christopher Morley
  • They had abundance of tripes, as you have heard, and they were so delicious, that everyone licked his fingers.

  • Nevertheless he bade his wife eat sparingly, because she was near her time, and that these tripes were no very commendable meat.

British Dictionary definitions for tripe


/ (traɪp) /

  1. the stomach lining of an ox, cow, or other ruminant, prepared for cooking

  2. informal something silly; rubbish

  1. (plural) archaic, informal intestines; belly

Origin of tripe

C13: from Old French, of unknown origin

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