Definition of ripper in English:


Line breaks: rip¦per
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪpə


1A tool that is used to tear or break something.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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 Back to top  
Particularly good; excellent: everyone had a ripper time this record still sounds ripper
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  • 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.

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