light and quick, as a step or pace.
proceeding with a light, easy movement or rhythm.

1555–65; trip1 + -ing2

trippingly, adverb
untripping, adjective Unabridged
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trip (trɪp)
1.  an outward and return journey, often for a specific purpose
2.  any tour, journey, or voyage
3.  a false step; stumble
4.  any slip or blunder
5.  a light step or tread
6.  a manoeuvre or device to cause someone to trip
7.  Also called: tripper
 a.  any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
 b.  (as modifier): trip button
8.  a surge in the conditions of a chemical or other automatic process resulting in an instability
9.  informal a hallucinogenic drug experience
10.  informal any stimulating, profound, etc, experience
vb (often foll by up, or when intr, by on or over) (often foll by up) , trips, tripping, tripped
11.  to stumble or cause to stumble
12.  to make or cause to make a mistake or blunder
13.  to trap or catch in a mistake
14.  (intr) to go on a short tour or journey
15.  (intr) to move or tread lightly
16.  informal (intr) to experience the effects of LSD or any other hallucinogenic drug
17.  (tr)
 a.  to activate (a mechanical trip)
 b.  trip a switch to switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
[C14: from Old French triper to tread, of Germanic origin; related to Low German trippen to stamp, Middle Dutch trippen to walk trippingly, trepelen to trample]

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Word Origin & History

c.1380 (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from O.Fr. tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low Ger. trippeln, Fris. tripje, Du. trappen, O.E. treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded c.1425. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916.

"act or action of tripping," 1660, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1691, 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.
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