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

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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 Rask surrendered an Ovechkin ripper from the slot that no goalie would have stopped., "Bruins celebrate 7-3 victory over Capitals - The Boston Globe," 24 Dec. 2019 The surprise play George pulled off earlier this month was certified by a court, designed by a seam ripper, needle and thread, and executed by number 76, himself. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Man on stepson's surprise move to change name on jersey: "It took my voice away"," 18 Oct. 2019 But there was never a face-ripper of a crash over this entire period. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes, The Market Will Eventually Crash. Here’s How to Be Ready For the Next One," 6 Sep. 2019 Her 8-month-old daughter is perhaps the youngest artist in the room, and an expert paper ripper. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "‘The future is creativity’: Children’s book author Hervé Tullet nurtures kids’ imaginations at ICA LA," 26 July 2019 Steel shears designed to snip cars into confetti, ripper claw attachments capable of dismantling entire buildings, and a hydraulic concrete crusher attachment with jaws wide enough for a grown man to lie down in between that weighed nearly 10 tons. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 No matter your age, stage or skill level, the local rippers seem especially chill and give equal time to flailing outsiders. Barbara Odanaka,, "A guide to L.A.’s best skate parks," 7 June 2019 In less than two months, Outlander is returning to the small screen, and now Starz has released the first full-length look at what's in store for everyone's favorite time-traveling bodice-ripper. Emily Wang, Glamour, "The First Full Trailer For Outlander Season 4 Is Here and It's ... a Lot," 10 Sep. 2018 Sandpaper ripper Everybody has a different take on this thing. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ripper

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Ripper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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