Meaning and Origin
What does the name Rip mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- A submission from Canada says the name Rip means "Adventurous, Daring" and is of Dutch origin.
Etymology: Cf. Icel. hrip a box or basket; perhaps akin to E. corb. Cf. Ripier
- To divide or separate the parts of, by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip up a floor; -- commonly used with up open off.
- To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing."He 'll rip the fatal secret from her heart." [Granville.]
- To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up."They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion." [Clarendon.]"For brethern to debate and rip up their falling out in the ear of a common enemy . . . is neither wise nor comely." [Milton.]
- To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.
Etymology: Cf. AS. rȳpan, also Sw. repa to ripple flax, D. repelen, G. reffen riffeln, and E. raff raffle. Cf. Raff Ripple of flax
- A rent made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn; laceration.
- A term applied to a mean, worthless thing or person, as to a scamp, a debauchee, or a prostitute, or a worn-out horse.(Slang)
Etymology: Perh. a corruption of the first syllable of reprobate
- A body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents.
- The act of rending or ripping or splitting something ("he gave the envelope a vigorous rip")
- A stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
- An opening made forcibly as by pulling apart ("there was a rip in his pants")
- A dissolute man in fashionable society
- Criticize or abuse strongly and violently ("The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly")
- Tear or be torn violently ("The curtain ripped from top to bottom" and "pull the cooked chicken into strips")
- Cut (wood) along the grain
- Move precipitously or violently ("The tornado ripped along the coast")
- Take without the owner's consent
From Middle English rippen, from earlier ryppen (“to pluck”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rupjaną, *ruppōną (compare West Frisian rippe, ripje, roppe, ropje (“to rip”), Dutch dialectal rippen, Low German ruppen, German Low German röpen, German rupfen), intensive of *raupijaną (compare Old English rīpan, rīepan ‘to plunder’, West Frisian rippe ‘to rip, tear’, German raufen 'to rip'), causative of Proto-Indo-European *roub ~ reub- (compare Albanian rrabe ‘maquis’, possibly Latin rubus ‘bramble’), variant of *reup- ‘to break’. More at reave, rob.
- A tear (in paper, etc.).
- A type of tide or current.
- (Australia) A strong outflow of surface water, away from the shore, that returns water from incoming waves.
- (slang) A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
- (slang) A hit (dose) of marijuana.
- (Britain, Eton College) A black mark given for substandard schoolwork.
- (slang) Something unfairly expensive, a rip-off.
- (computing, slang) Data or audio copied from a CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
- Some of these CD don't sound very good: what bitrate did you use?
- (demoscene, slang) Something ripped off or stolen; plagiarism.
Compare Icelandic hrip, a box or basket; perhaps akin to English corb. Compare ripier.
- A wicker basket for fish.
Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of rep (“reprobate”).
- (colloquial, regional, dated) A worthless horse; a nag. [from 18th c.]
- (colloquial, regional, dated) An immoral man; a rake, a scoundrel. [from 18th c.]
rip was also found in the following language(s): Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Tok Pisin, and Westrobothnian