rip: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rip), [key]
— v., n. ripped, rip•ping,
  1. to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
  2. to cut or tear away in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip bark from a tree.
  3. to saw (wood) in the direction of the grain.
  1. to become torn apart or split open: Cheap cloth rips easily.
  2. to move with violence or great speed: The sports car ripped along in a cloud of dust and exhaust fumes.
    1. to utter a series of oaths; swear.
    2. to speak or write violently, rapidly, or at great length.
    3. to allow to proceed at full speed or without restraint.
  3. to attack physically or verbally; assail.
  4. phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.
    1. to steal or pilfer.
    2. to rob or steal from.
    3. to swindle, cheat, or exploit; take advantage of:phony charity appeals that rip off a gullible public.
  5. to utter angrily, as with an oath or exclamation.
  1. a rent made by ripping; tear.
  2. a cheat, swindle, or theft; ripoff: The average consumer doesn't realize that the new tax is a rip.


Pronunciation: (rip), [key]
  1. a stretch of turbulent water at sea or in a river.


Pronunciation: (rip), [key]
  1. a dissolute or worthless person.
  2. a worthless or worn-out horse.
  3. something of little or no value.


Pronunciation: (rip), [key]
  1. a male given name, form of


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. may he or she rest in peace.
  2. may they rest in peace.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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