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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The mild, lush broth has restorative, belly-warming properties, but the star is the superb tripe. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2023 Breaded tripe, tablier de sapeur, is borrowed from grotty bouchons in Lyon; the exceptional raw-bar menu a tribute to the oyster-crazy cafes of Montparnasse; the natural-wine list like a compilation of the chalkboards in every bar à vins east of the Opéra Bastille. Pete Wells, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Behind a window, sandwiches filled with things like elk osso buco or stewed tripe with ’nduja were being sold by a couple who live next door to the theater, Sivan Lahat and Ori Kushnir. Pete Wells, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Proteins offered for pho bowls are chicken, tofu and five varieties of beef, ranging from filet mignon to tripe and tendon. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 The people who churn out that tripe really need to get a grip and go after the real culprits!!! Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Our pho bowls are crowded with slippery rice noodles, chunks of tendon and ribbons of tripe. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 The more interesting question is why textures beloved by many cultures came to be shunned by Americans: the prolonged chewiness of tripe; the tendon turned to jelly in a bowl of pho; the thick slickness of okra, leaking its mineral-rich mucilage. Ligaya Mishan Esther Choi, New York Times, 8 May 2023 Morales’ wife thoroughly cleans the odiferous tripe to remove any undesired smell. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tripe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tripe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: stomach tissue of a cud-chewing animal (as a cow) used as food
: something poor, worthless, or ridiculous

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