Definition of ripper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪpə/


1A tool that is used to tear or break something.
Example sentences
  • Seam rippers and thread nippers slip nicely into empty prescription pill containers or film canisters.
  • To create the reversed pockets featured on the shorts, use a seam ripper to carefully remove the pockets from the jeans, cutting the stitching only and not the fabric.
  • However, a seam ripper can work just as well if you follow this simple method: Insert the point of the ripper just inside the bar tack on one side of the buttonhole.
1.1A murderer who mutilates victims' bodies.
Example sentences
  • Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire ripper, between 1975 and 1980 mutilated and killed thirteen women, and attempted to murder a further six because he thought God had told him to do so.
  • I mean maybe they didn't commit the jack the ripper killings but everything after that, they are guilty.
2 informal, chiefly Australian A thing that is particularly good: a ripper of a gig
More example sentences
  • They had a ripper of a profits warning back in February, when it said early sales of its revolutionary laser eye surgery equipment would be held back by manufacturing problems and regulatory delays.
  • However I can guarantee there are some absolute rippers this year, but I don't want to spoil the proper announcements.
  • I've done a couple of rippers recently: for instance, there was Brisbane - Sydney - Middle East - Hong Kong - Istanbul - London, all in two weeks and playing in each place.
2.1A good snowboarder.


informal, chiefly Australian
Particularly good; excellent: everyone had a ripper time this record still sounds ripper
More example sentences
  • But everything of mine seems so tacky (trouser wise) but luckily, I found a ripper pair in the shop which are simply perfect.
  • They wrote this ripper little film and acted in it and shot it and it was hilariously funny.

Words that rhyme with ripper

Agrippa, chipper, clipper, dipper, equipper, flipper, gripper, hipper, kipper, nipper, Pippa, shipper, sipper, skipper, slipper, stripper, tipper, tripper, whipper, zipper

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