rip-off

noun
\ ˈrip-ˌȯf How to pronounce rip-off (audio) \

Definition of rip-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of stealing : theft also : a financial exploitation
2 : a usually cheap exploitive imitation

rip off

verb
ripped off; ripping off; rips off

Definition of rip off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : rob also : cheat, defraud
b : steal
2 : to copy or imitate blatantly or unscrupulously
3 : to perform, achieve, or score quickly or easily ripped off 10 straight points

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for rip-off

Synonyms: Noun

grab, heist, pinch, snatching, swiping, theft

Synonyms: Verb

burglarize, burgle, knock off, knock over, rob, steal (from), take off [slang]

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of rip-off in a Sentence

Verb

the teens ripped off the store where they had been working for the summer the thief ripped off some jewelry as soon as no one was looking

First Known Use of rip-off

Noun

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rip-off

Dictionary Entries near rip-off

ripieno

Ripley

rip off

rip-off

Ripon Falls

riposte

rip panel

Statistics for rip-off

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rip-off

The first known use of rip-off was in 1967

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rip-off

rip-off

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rip-off

informal + disapproving
: something that is too expensive : something that is not worth its price
: something that is too much like something made by someone else

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on rip-off

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rip-off

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rip-off

Spanish Central: Translation of rip-off

Nglish: Translation of rip-off for Spanish Speakers

Comments on rip-off

What made you want to look up rip-off? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!