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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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Examples from the web for tripe
  • Not to mention, they are impossible to explode, as my father once did many years ago while making tripe.
  • What's really stunning is that you actually believe any of this tripe.
  • Please stop publishing this kind of disrespectful tripe.
  • If only there was a reliable way of bouncing such tripe before it even reaches my mailbox.
  • While waiting for something to happen, they admire the tripe and a singing waitress.
  • Yet there are several dishes not to be found elsewhere in the area, such as honeycomb tripe braised in red wine and tomato.
  • The chicken, lentil or tripe soup are possibilities for starters.
  • Sweetbreads, goat stew, and tripe soup have joined seafood on the menu.
  • The writers of this tripe are licked before they start.
  • Few readers today would have any hesitation in saying that it is complete tripe.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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