(noun, verb)


1. a dissolute man in fashionable society

Similar word(s): blood, profligate, rake, rakehell, roue

Definition categories: person, debauchee, libertine, rounder

2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

- there was a rip in his pants

Similar word(s): rent, snag, split, tear

Definition categories: object, gap, opening

3. a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current

Similar word(s): countercurrent, crosscurrent, riptide

Definition categories: event, turbulence, turbulency

4. the act of rending or ripping or splitting something

- he gave the envelope a vigorous rip

Similar word(s): rent, split

Definition categories: act, tear


1. tear or be torn violently

- The curtain ripped from top to bottom

- pull the cooked chicken into strips

Similar word(s): pull, rend, rive

Definition categories: contact, bust, rupture, snap, tear

2. move precipitously or violently

- The tornado ripped along the coast

Definition categories: motion, buck, charge, shoot, tear

3. cut (wood) along the grain

Definition categories: contact, cut

4. take without the owner's consent

Similar word(s): steal

Definition categories: possession, take

5. criticize or abuse strongly and violently

- The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly

Definition categories: communication, assail, assault, attack, round, snipe

Sentences with rip as a verb:

- to rip a garment; to rip up a floor

- My shirt ripped when it caught on a bramble.