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Etymology 1[edit]

From be- (on, about, all over) +‎ drip.


bedrip (third-person singular simple present bedrips, present participle bedripping, simple past and past participle bedripped)

  1. (intransitive) To drip about or all over; drip onto (something).
    • 1825, Thomas Gray, The works of Thomas Gray:
      "And bold Aneurim, all bedripped with gore Bursting by force from the beleaguered glen, Arrogant, haughty, fierce, of fiery mood, Not meek and mean, as Gray misunderstood. [] "
    • 1851, Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt, Richard Waddington (translator.), The morning-land:
      Wine shall break in sparkles o'er our lips bedripping; We are wise, and know we're by it gladden'd!
    • 1862, Poems from the German:
      But in that dark camp was a dauntless Emir, A levin of battle, they call'd him Zobir, In irefullest mood, His rattling spurs all bedripping with blood, He sped to his leader, and cried, "Thou essayest, Abdallah, the battle no more! [] "
    • 1919, Florence Willingham Pickard, Between scarlet thrones:
      And when the grewsome work was finished, she thought it not ill to walk slowly to her palace through the open streets in her blood bedripped garments, that Ahab's subjects might perceive Jezebel took horrible vengeance on those who []

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *bederepe, *bidrepe, from Old English bedrīp (compulsory service rendered to a landowner at harvest time, the reaping of corn on request), from a compound of bed (prayer, supplication, religious ordinance, service) + rīp (reaping, harvest). More at bead, reap.

Alternative forms[edit]


bedrip (plural bedrips)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A band of harvesters.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A crowd.