rip·​per ˈri-pər How to pronounce ripper (audio)
: one that rips
especially : a machine used to break up solid material (such as rock or ore)
: 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 Some North Jersey legends specialize in the ultimate version: rippers. J. J. Goode, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023 Additionally, the machine comes with a few accessories to help beginners like extra bobbins, four presser feet, needles, a seam ripper, and a helpful instruction manual. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 The island’s Crystal Pier is the hot spot for up-and-coming local rippers and visitors alike, and the rock jetty at Masonboro Inlet can offer long right-handers for experienced surfers. Outside Online, 6 Feb. 2023 This sewing machine also includes a few accessories, such as a needle set, seam ripper, five different feet, and a dust cover. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 The sewing machine also includes accessories like four presser feet, bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, and a darner plate. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Apr. 2023 One reason police failed to arrest Sutcliffe earlier was because senior officers were misled by a hoax tape and letters from someone claiming to be the ripper., 13 Nov. 2020 However, if the hair does get stuck, Homer suggests using either a safety letter opener or a seam ripper. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2023 Each one, to a fault, is lovestruck by snow, deeply introspective about their life choices, and a ripper. Tracy Ross, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ripper was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Ripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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