verb \ˈtrip\

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall

: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall

: to dance or walk with light, quick steps


Full Definition of TRIP

intransitive verb
a :  to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b :  to walk with light quick steps
:  to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
:  to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
:  to stumble in articulation when speaking
:  to make a journey
a :  to actuate a mechanism
b :  to become operative
a :  to get high on a psychedelic drug (as LSD) :  turn on —often used with out
b slang :  freak 3b
transitive verb
a :  to cause to stumble —often used with up
b :  to cause to fail :  obstruct —often used with up
:  to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder; also :  expose —usually used with up
archaic :  to perform (as a dance) lightly or nimbly
:  to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
a :  to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b :  to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
:  to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent <trip the fire alarm>
trip the light fantastic
:  dance

Examples of TRIP

  1. He deliberately tried to trip me.
  2. The dancers tripped off the stage.

Origin of TRIP

Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap
First Known Use: 14th century



: a journey to a place

: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose

: the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)

Full Definition of TRIP

:  a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
a :  voyage, journey
b :  a single round or tour on a business errand
:  error, misstep
:  a quick light step
:  a faltering step caused by stumbling
a :  the action of tripping mechanically
b :  a device for tripping a mechanism (as a catch or detent)
a :  an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (as LSD)
b :  an exciting or unusual experience <the party was a trip>
:  absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind <a guilt trip> <on a nostalgia trip>

Examples of TRIP

  1. They got back from their trip yesterday.
  2. a trip around the world
  3. He was on an acid trip.
  4. an ankle injury caused by a trip

First Known Use of TRIP

14th century


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