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ripsnorter

[rip-snawr-ter] /ˈrɪpˈsnɔr tər/
noun, Informal.
1.
something or someone exceedingly strong or violent:
a ripsnorter of a gale.
2.
something or someone remarkably good or exciting.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; rip1 + snorter
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British Dictionary definitions for ripsnorter

ripsnorter

/ˈrɪpˌsnɔːtə/
noun
1.
(slang) a person or thing noted for intensity or excellence
Derived Forms
ripsnorting, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from rip1 + snorter
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Word Origin and History for ripsnorter
n.

"something of exceptional strength," 1840, probably from rip (v.) + snort (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for ripsnorter

ripsnorter

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior; etc; beaut, humdinger: The villain is a real ripsnorter (1840+)


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