Rip - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪp|  American pronunciation of the word rip
Brit.  |rɪp|  British pronunciation of the word rip


- a dissolute man in fashionable society (syn: blood, profligate, rake, rakehell, roue)
- an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart (syn: rent, snag, split, tear)
there was a rip in his pants
- a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current (syn: crosscurrent)
- the act of rending or ripping or splitting something (syn: rent, split)
he gave the envelope a vigorous rip


- tear or be torn violently (syn: pull, rend, rive)
The curtain ripped from top to bottom
pull the cooked chicken into strips
- move precipitously or violently
The tornado ripped along the coast
- cut (wood) along the grain
- take without the owner's consent (syn: rip off, steal)
- criticize or abuse strongly and violently
The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly

Extra examples

She ripped the fabric in half.

He ripped open the package.

The dog ripped the pillow to shreds .

The force of the explosion ripped a hole in the wall.

Her coat ripped when it caught on the doorknob.

I ripped the poster off the wall.

The sink had been ripped from the wall.

He ripped the page out of the magazine.

She ripped off her mask.

He ripped the letter from my hands.

Jim ripped the cover from the book.

The wind ripped the sail to pieces.

The photographs of the unpopular leader had been ripped down.

The criminals have ripped the telephone wires out.

See those lions ripping into the bodies of the animals that they have killed.

Phrasal verbs

rip off  — deprive somebody of something by deceit
rip out  — remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
rip up  — tear into shreds

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rip
he/she/it: rips
present participle: ripping
past tense: ripped
past participle: ripped
singular: rip
plural: rips
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