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noun Machinery.
  1. a projection, cam, or the like, for striking some other part at regular intervals.
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Origin of trippet

First recorded in 1300–50, trippet is from the Middle English word trypet. See trip1, -et
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Examples from the Web for trippet

Historical Examples

  • Trippet was for running to the fish-pond at the rate of ten miles an hour.

    Stories of Comedy


  • Did you bolt the front door, Marian, when you let Trippet out?

  • And away ran Mr. Trippet, as if the deuce were at his heels.

    Catherine: A Story

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Trippet was the family cat, who had shown symptoms of alarm at the aspect of the unwonted guest.

  • She requested Mr. Trippet to order her carriage that night, and went home without uttering one single word to Captain Blackbeard.

British Dictionary definitions for trippet


  1. any mechanism that strikes or is struck at regular intervals, as by a cam
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Word Origin

C15 (in the sense: a piece of wood used in a game): from trippen to trip
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