trip

1 of 2

verb

tripped; tripping

intransitive verb

1
: to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2
: to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3
a
: to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b
: to walk with light quick steps
4
: to stumble in articulation when speaking
5
: to make a journey
6
a
: to actuate a mechanism
b
: to become operative
7
a
: to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on
often used with out
b
slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1
a
: to cause to stumble
often used with up
b
: to cause to fail : obstruct
often used with up
2
: to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder
also : expose
usually used with up
3
: to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent
trip the fire alarm
4
: to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5
a
: to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b
: to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6
archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly

trip

2 of 2

noun

1
b
: a single round or tour on a business errand
2
a
: an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b
: an exciting or unusual experience
the party was a trip
3
: absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind
a guilt trip
on a nostalgia trip
4
: a faltering step caused by stumbling
5
: a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6
7
: a quick light step
8
a
: the action of tripping mechanically
b
: a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)
9
Phrases
trip the light fantastic
: dance

Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage. Noun They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In 2023, China broke into the email accounts of 22 federal agencies, spying on senior State Department officials and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo ahead of multiple US delegation trips to Beijing. Eric Geller, WIRED, 15 Apr. 2024 Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner from the Phantom Ranch Canteen with beverages and snacks available from the canteen's side window from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Phantom Ranch guests can also book one- or two-night mule trips during their stay. Reach the reporter at LLatch@gannett.com. The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 Beach cabana usage, trips to the spa’s hydrotherapy pool and body treatments, and any off-property excursions are optional extras. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 Is the sidewalk not broken so our elders aren’t tripping and falling? David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 The Grammy-winners start off strong — correctly naming all four original Voice coaches — before the question about who has appeared in every single season of show trips them up. Alex Ross, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Don't trip over wobbly boards and protruding nails this summer. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2024 How does something as terrestrially mundane as budgeting continually trip them up? Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 As Kelly explains, vestibular rehab exercises generally fall into three buckets: Balance training: This improves your steadiness in situations that are literally tripping you up—like walking on uneven ground or in the dark. Amy Norton, SELF, 29 Mar. 2024
Noun
The Razorbacks went to the Elite Eight in just his second season (2021), then followed with another Elite Eight trip in 2022 and a Sweet 16 berth in 2023 before skidding to a 16-17 mark and tying for 11th in the SEC standings in 2024. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Carrie, who is afraid of plane travel, plans a cross-country train trip with the final destination being a luxury hotel in San Francisco. Cady Lang, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 No word on when the busy Waititi will make that trip to a galaxy far, far away. Brent Lang, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO aren’t having the smoothest trip to Austin, Texas, ahead of this year’s Country Music Television Awards. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 Bianco is in his 24th season at Ole Miss and has a 897-526-1 record with 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the College World Series, including the 2022 national championship. Bob Holt, arkansasonline.com, 4 Apr. 2024 New travel must begin no more than one year from the original trip date. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 For Ali, a 34-year-old elephant who used to reside at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, a trip to the dentist looks a bit different. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 The environmental theme to Cook’s trip — which included opening an expansive new store in Shanghai on Thursday — may have been chosen to avoid falling afoul of geopolitical sensitivities. Bloomberg, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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

Dictionary Entries Near trip

Cite this Entry

“Trip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trip. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

trip

1 of 2 noun
1
: an act of causing another to stumble or fall
2
a
: a traveling from one place to another : journey
a trip to Europe
b
: a brief errand or journey with a purpose that often takes place on a regular basis
a trip to the dentist
3
4
a
: a quick light step
b
: a faltering step : stumble
5
a
: the action of releasing something mechanically
b
: a device (as a catch) for releasing a mechanism

trip

2 of 2 verb
tripped; tripping
1
: to move (as in dancing or walking) with light quick steps
2
a
: to catch one's foot against something so as to stumble
don't trip over the rock
b
: to cause to stumble
someone must have tripped him
3
a
: to make or cause to make a mistake
b
: to catch making a false statement, error, or blunder
questions designed to trip her up
4
: to release or start a device usually by moving a catch
tripped the fire alarm

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