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- Quick; nimble; stepping lightly and quickly.
- (heraldry, not comparable) Having the right forefoot lifted, the others remaining on the ground, as if trotting; trippant.
- a buck tripping
- 1828, William Berry, Encyclopaedia Heraldica, Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry:
- Robinson, [...] vert, on a chev. betw. three bucks, tripping, or, as many cinquefoils gu.—Crest, a buck, tripping, or.
- 1846, William Newton, A Display of Heraldry, page 97:
- [A] buck tripping proper (of its natural colour), is borne by the name of Williams; Argent, a buck tripping proper, attired and unguled (horned and hoofed) or, by the name of Holme, in Scotland. The same arms are borne by the […]
- 1894, Notes and Queries, Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania, page 53:
- Ar. three stags tripping ppr.
- (slang) Undergoing a hallucinogenic trip.
- (slang) Saying or acting crazy or foolish.
- “He’s tripping!” “Your tripping”
tripping (plural trippings)
- The act of one who trips.
- 1821, The Recreative Review, or Eccentricities of Literature and Life:
- At present we only produce some of those slips and trippings of the tongue and pen to which we are all liable in our unguarded moments […]