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[trahyp] /traɪp/
the first and second divisions of the stomach of a ruminant, especially oxen, sheep, or goats, used as food.
Slang. something, especially speech or writing, that is false or worthless; rubbish.
Origin of tripe
1250-1300; 1885-90 for def 2; Middle English < Old French < ? Unabridged
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  • Dry each piece of tripe, dip in batter, and fry in deep fat for one minute.

  • Let them boil up, and add them to the tripe just before you send it to table.

  • The same weight of tripe is frequently substituted for the meat, and sometimes the yelks of eggs boiled hard.

  • On two nights in the week, tripe was sold in the town ready dressed.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Eat no kidney, liver, or tripe; deal sparingly with fowl and all the bird family.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity Louis Philippe McCarty
  • Jenkins invited me to supper; tripe and onions; and I'd like to know what it all means, and where the supper is.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He was a great admirer of tripe, cow-heel, and delicacies of that kind; he had tripe twice a week—boiled one day, fried another.

  • Cats were purring on the counters of the fruit store and the tripe shop.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for tripe


the stomach lining of an ox, cow, or other ruminant, prepared for cooking
(informal) something silly; rubbish
(pl) (archaic, informal) intestines; belly
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tripe

c.1300, from Old French tripe "entrails used as food" (13c.), of unknown origin, perhaps via Spanish tripa from Arabic therb "suet" (but also said to mean "fold of a piece of cloth"). Applied contemptuously to persons (1590s), then to anything considered worthless, foolish, or offensive (1892).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tripe

trip 1


An arrest; a prison sentence; fall

[1920s+ Underworld; fr trip, ''stumble, fall'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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