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Etymology 1[edit]

rip +‎ -er; originated 1605–15.


ripper (plural rippers)

  1. Something that rips something else.
  2. Someone who rips something.
  3. A legislative bill or act that transfers powers of appointment from the usual holders to a chief executive or a board of officials.
  4. A murderer who kills and often mutilates victims with a blade or similar sharp weapon.
  5. (mining) A hook-like tool used to tear away ore, rock, etc.
  6. (mining) A person employed to tear away ore, rock, etc. to make a passage for material to be carried to the surface.
  7. (Britain, Australia, slang) Something that is an excellent example of its kind.
    • 2001, Filton Hebbard, Memories of Kalgoorlie: Tales from the Australian Outback (page 334)
      Martin walked around the vehicle, viewing it from all angles and giggling as he did so. “She's a ripper, Bert, a real ripper!”
  8. (computing) Software that extracts content from files or storage media.
  9. (agriculture) A tool or plant used to reduce soil compaction.
  10. (US, New Jersey, slang) A hot dog deep-fried in oil until the casing bursts.
  11. A foghorn.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare rip (a basket), or riparian (relating to a river bank).

Alternative forms[edit]


ripper (plural rippers)

  1. (obsolete) One who brings fish from the seacoast to markets in inland towns.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      But what's the action we are for now? Robbing a ripper of his fish.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ripper in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)