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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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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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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 tripes

trip 2


  1. A psychedelic narcotics experience: users like beat poet Allen Ginsberg (30 trips) (1959+ Narcotics)
  2. Any experience comparable with a psychedelic experience: The park is an icon. A nostalgia trip back into a youth/ I've known Chuck for many years and he's a trip. He's fun to be around (1966+)
  3. A truly amazing person or thing: She's such a trip


  1. (also trip out) To have a psychedelic narcotics experience or comparable experience: That film really tripped me out (1959+ Narcotics)
  2. To act stupidly: He was trippin' at the party/ If you're crazy, east side teens may say you're ''trippin','' ''postal,'' or ''gerpin''' (1980s+ Teenagers)

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bad trip, ego trip, head trip, lay a trip on someone

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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