(third-person singular simple present rips, present participle ripping, simple past and past participle ripped)
- To divide or separate the parts of (especially something flimsy such as paper or fabric), by cutting or tearing; to tear off or out by violence.
- to rip a garment; to rip up a floor
- (intransitive) To tear apart; to rapidly become two parts.
- My shirt ripped when it caught on a bramble.
- To get by, or as if by, cutting or tearing.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To move quickly and destructively.
- (woodworking) To cut wood along (parallel to) the grain. Contrast crosscut.
- (slang, computing) To copy data from CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
- (slang, narcotics) To take a "hit" of marijuana.
- (slang) To fart.
- (US, slang) To mock or criticize.
- (slang, chiefly demoscene) To steal; to rip off.
- To move or act fast, to rush headlong.
- (archaic) To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; usually with up.
Middle English rippen, from earlier ryppen "˜to pluck', from Proto-Germanic *ruppÅnÄ… (compare West Frisian roppe, ropje, Low German ruppen, German rupfen), intensive of *raupijanÄ… (compare Old English rÄ«pan, rÄ«epan "˜to plunder', West Frisian rippe "˜to rip, tear', German raufen 'to rip'), causative of Proto-Indo-European *roub ~ reub- (compare Albanian rrabe "˜maquis', possibly Latin rubus "˜bramble'), variant of *reup- "˜to break'. More at reave, rob.
- A wicker basket for fish.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Compare Icelandic hrip, a box or basket; perhaps akin to English corb. Compare ripier.
Borrowing from Latin RIP (requiescat in pace) and an initialism of English rest in peace.