rip·​tide ˈrip-ˌtīd How to pronounce riptide (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Glynn County Fire-Rescue Acting Chief Vinnie DiCristofalo said a man drowned Sunday after he was swept away by a riptide at Gould's Inlet on St. Simons Island, according to the Brunswick News. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2022 The 55-year-old attorney had been swimming with his son, who also got caught in the riptide but managed to swim back to shore, the Brunswick News reported. Bill Rankin, ajc, 13 Sep. 2022 Even at his age, Packard is still essentially a father worrying about his daughter, herself past fifty, getting caught in a riptide. Leslie Jamison, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Michelle Vargas, a teacher at Cutler Bay Middle School, was in El Salvador with her son Michael, who has autism, to visit his paternal grandparents when they were caught up in a riptide at the beach, according to a GoFundMe campaign. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 Authorities advise people to check conditions before going in the water and, if caught in a riptide, to swim parallel to shore to escape the current. oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2022 Seaside emergency personnel say there was an active rip current at the time, but a Seaside spokesperson couldn’t say for sure if the riptide was responsible for Saturday’s incident. oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2022 The beach has been closed since August 2020 record drownings and a series of near-drowning incidents due to increasingly dangerous riptide conditions on that stretch of Lake Michigan. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Dave Grohl knows more about making music in the riptide between D.C. slowness and D.C. speed than most. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riptide was in 1862

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“Riptide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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