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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.
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Origin of tripe

1250–1300; 1885–90 for def 2; Middle English < Old French < ?
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Examples from the Web for tripes

Historical Examples

  • As true as that I have perforated with my sword yonder scoundrel's tripes.

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France

  • I gave him one in the basket that made the tripes fly to heaven like Roman candles.

    Pandora's Box

    Frank Wedekind

  • I am at your commandment, body and goods, tripes and bowels.

  • Tripes and bowels of all the devils, cries Panurge, what do you tell me?

  • What do you know that wasn't ever in Cork itself about tripes.

British Dictionary definitions for tripes


  1. the stomach lining of an ox, cow, or other ruminant, prepared for cooking
  2. informal something silly; rubbish
  3. (plural) archaic, informal intestines; belly
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tripes



c.1300, from Old French tripe "entrails used as food" (13c.), of unknown origin, perhaps via Spanish tripa from Arabic therb "suet" (but also said to mean "fold of a piece of cloth"). Applied contemptuously to persons (1590s), then to anything considered worthless, foolish, or offensive (1892).

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