rip-roar·​ing ˈrip-ˈrȯr-iŋ How to pronounce rip-roaring (audio)
: noisily excited or exciting

Examples of rip-roaring in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rip-roaring was in 1834

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“Rip-roaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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: noisily excited or exciting
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