\ ˈrip How to pronounce rip (audio) \
ripped; ripping

Definition of rip

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to tear or split apart or open
b : to saw or split (wood) with the grain
2 : to slash or slit with or as if with a sharp blade
3 : to hit sharply ripped a double to left field
4 : to utter violently : spit out ripped out an oath

intransitive verb

1 : to become ripped : rend
2 : to rush headlong ripped past second base
rip into
: to tear into : attack


noun (1)

Definition of rip (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a rent made by ripping : tear


noun (2)

Definition of rip (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : a body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides, currents, or winds
2 : a current of water roughened by passing over an irregular bottom


noun (3)

Definition of rip (Entry 4 of 5)

: a dissolute person : libertine
\ ˌär-ˌī-ˈpē How to pronounce RIP (audio) \

Definition of RIP (Entry 5 of 5)

1 [Latin requiescat in pace] may he rest in peace, may she rest in peace
2 [Latin requiescant in pace] may they rest in peace

Synonyms for rip

Synonyms: Verb

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tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges. tear up the letter rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint. ripped the shirt on a nail rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering. an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers. split logs for firewood cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow. a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak rive occurs most often in figurative use. a political party riven by conflict

Examples of rip in a Sentence

Verb She ripped the fabric in half. He ripped open the package. The dog ripped the pillow to shreds . The force of the explosion ripped a hole in the wall. Her coat ripped when it caught on the doorknob. I ripped the poster off the wall. The sink had been ripped from the wall. He ripped the page out of the magazine. She ripped off her mask. He ripped the letter from my hands. See More

First Known Use of rip


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (3)

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rip


Middle English rippen, from or akin to Middle Dutch reppen, rippen to pull, jerk

Noun (2)

perhaps from rip entry 2

Noun (3)

perhaps by shortening & alteration from reprobate

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The first known use of rip was in the 15th century

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“Rip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for rip


\ ˈrip How to pronounce rip (audio) \
ripped; ripping

Kids Definition of rip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cut or tear open : split apart I ripped the package open.
2 : to remove quickly (as by tearing) He ripped a page out.

Other Words from rip

ripper noun



Kids Definition of rip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually long tear

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