rip·​per | \ ˈri-pər How to pronounce ripper (audio) \

Definition of ripper

1 : one that rips especially : a machine used to break up solid material (such as rock or ore)
2 : an excellent example or instance of its kind

Examples of ripper in a Sentence

the comedian's last routine was a real ripper, leaving the audience in those proverbial stitches
Recent Examples on the Web Kids Trucker hat looks cool, too, so your little ripper will fit right in with the rest of the crew. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2019 The Piano, a bodice-ripper set in her native New Zealand and so considered exotic, maybe romantic. Armond White, National Review, 31 Dec. 2021 She’s in high demand, though, so for the rest of us, there’s Taos’s new pro-guided experience, where a local ripper will show you secret stashes and the best way to get your tails into the fall line on the double blacks off West Basin Ridge. Tim Neville, Outside Online, 26 Dec. 2021 They can be used to import and play music from almost any hard drive, SSD or even CD transport or ripper. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 This news would make any fan of the bodice-ripper excited — even the likes of Lady Whistledown. Natalie Morin,, 4 Aug. 2021 Every subscription comes with a complimentary starter kit that includes a sharp set of floral shears, a custom re-usable floral grid (which is an easy-to-use alternative to floral tape), stem ripper, and ruler, along with a stylish lucite vase. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 27 May 2021 This seam ripper is purple and white to give you easy identification. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 May 2021 There are soft finger grips that are located on both ends of the seam ripper. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ripper

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Apr 2022

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“Ripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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