It was as if she was “tripping out,” jumping abruptly from one subject to another.
Fashion seems to leave some accomplished women tongue-tied or tripping over their own words.
We could find Waldo anywhere while tripping—like beneath a fingernail or inside our eyelid.
Aubry is tripping but for Martinez to beat him up like that is just ugly for all sides.
Since Anonymous actually does pull off legitimate hacks on occasion, journalists are tripping over themselves to break them.
He had often seen her tripping up those stairs, and had, almost as often, followed her with his quicker feet.
Yes, there was Miss Lucindy, tripping happily across the level field.
She started, then stumbled backward, tripping in her long train.
She had tripping steps and dainty kicks that went well with the melody.
Waving her fan, and tripping over the pavement like a wag-tail, she came directly towards the disputants.
late 14c. (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from Old French tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916. Related: Tripped; tripping.
"act or action of tripping," 1650s, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1690s, originally a nautical term, the connection is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.