a person or thing that trips.
  1. a tripping mechanism; a trip.
  2. an apparatus causing a signal or other operating device to be tripped or actuated.
British Informal. a person who goes on a pleasure trip or excursion; excursionist.
Slang. a person who is under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.

Origin of tripper

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at trip1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tripper

Historical Examples of tripper

  • There must be no mistaking an artist from London for a Plymouth tripper.

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant

  • They do not encourage you to come to Evian in the capacity of tripper.


    Francis Henry Gribble

  • Tripper (who is proud of his superior acquaintance with a foreign language).

  • It was far from the track of the tripper, and had not then been spoilt by the wealthy tourist.

  • A week-end tripper, or somebody with a flourish at each end of his name?

    Swirling Waters

    Max Rittenberg

British Dictionary definitions for tripper



a person who goes on a trip
mainly British a tourist; excursionist
another word for trip (def. 7)
  1. any device that generates a signal causing a trip to operate
  2. the signal so generated
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