\ ˈtrīp How to pronounce tripe (audio) \

Definition of tripe

1 : stomach tissue especially of a ruminant (such as an ox) used as food
2 : something poor, worthless, or offensive

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Synonyms for tripe


cheese, crapola [slang], dreck (also drek), junk, muck, rubbish, sleaze, slop, slush, trash

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Examples of tripe in a Sentence

That's just a load of tripe. it's shocking that an esteemed newspaper like this one would publish such tripe

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But conservative palates, be warned: Lin Heung's dim sum incorporates cuts of meat frequently seen in Hong Kong's industrial past that are less popular today (liver, tripe). Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Wherever the day takes you, save room for a panino al lampredotto—this stewed tripe sandwich is a Florence must. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Recommendation: The Rockin Chicken, Hartford, where no one does ceviche, beef heart with tripe or rotisserie chicken better. Frank Cohen,, "28 Dates: Bohemian Suggestions For Penny-Pinchers," 2 Feb. 2018 The first spoonful of kare-kare — a stew of oxtail and tripe, heavy with peanut butter and toasted rice powder — is startlingly bland. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Lahi, Filipino Dishes, Classic and Idiosyncratic Alike," 31 May 2018 For him, there is no quiet meal of tripe grated with cheese. Carolina A. Miranda,, "For Anthony Bourdain, food was just the entry point for a much wider cultural discussion," 8 June 2018 Sunlight gives the shop an urban lunch-counter feel, and the same brightness infuses Vietnamese standards like spicy bun bo Hue soup, a delicate seafood-tomato soup called bun rieu and Berni’s No. 1 Pho with beef brisket, tendon and tripe. San Antonio Express-News, "Berni Vietnamese Restaurant," 8 Mar. 2018 The myth of the happy, docile, and emotionally indolent slave is historical tripe originally propagated by those who trafficked in human bondage. Phillip Morris,, "Kanye West has a thing or two to learn about American slavery: Phillip Morris," 9 May 2018 His offal dishes are particular standouts—try the tendons, kidneys or tripe. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A Feasting Guide to San Francisco’s Newly Glam Chinatown," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of tripe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tripe

Middle English, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of tripe

: the stomach of an animal (such as a cow or ox) that is eaten as food
: something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality


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Kids Definition of tripe

: a part of the stomach of a cow used for food

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