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From Middle English trippen (tread or step lightly and nimbly, skip, dance), perhaps from Old French triper (to hop or dance around, strike with the feet), from a Frankish source; or alternatively from Middle Dutch trippen (to skip, trip, hop, stamp, trample) (> Modern Dutch trippelen (to toddle, patter, trip)). Akin to Middle Low German trippen ( > Danish trippe (to trip), Swedish trippa (to mince, trip)), West Frisian tripje (to toddle, trip), German German trippeln (to scurry), Old English Old English treppan (to trample, tread). Related also to trap, tramp.



trip (plural trips)

  1. a journey; an excursion or jaunt
    We made a trip to the beach.
    • Alexander Pope
      I took a trip to London on the death of the queen.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
  2. a stumble or misstep
    He was injured due to a trip down the stairs.
  3. (figuratively) an error; a failure; a mistake
    • John Milton
      Imperfect words, with childish trips.
    • Harte
      Each seeming trip, and each digressive start.
  4. a period of time in which one experiences drug-induced reverie or hallucinations
    He had a strange trip after taking LSD.
  5. a faux pas, a social error
  6. intense involvement in or enjoyment of a condition
    ego trip;  power trip;  nostalgia trip;  guilt trip
  7. (engineering) a mechanical cutout device
  8. (electricity) a trip-switch or cut-out
    It's dark because the trip operated.
  9. a quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip
    trip the light fantastic W
    • Sir Walter Scott
      His heart bounded as he sometimes could hear the trip of a light female step glide to or from the door.
  10. (obsolete) a small piece; a morsel; a bit
  11. the act of tripping someone, or causing them to lose their footing
    • John Dryden
      And watches with a trip his foe to foil.
    • South
      It is the sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground.
  12. (nautical) a single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward
  13. (obsolete, Britain, Scotland, dialect) a herd or flock of sheep, goats, etc
  14. (obsolete) a troop of men; a host
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Robert of Brunne to this entry?)
  15. a flock of wigeons

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for trip in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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trip (third-person singular simple present trips, present participle tripping, simple past and past participle tripped)

  1. (intransitive) to fall over or stumble over an object as a result of striking it with one's foot
    Be careful not to trip on the tree roots.
  2. (transitive, sometimes followed by "up") to cause (a person or animal) to fall or stumble
    A pedestrian was able to trip the burglar as he was running away.
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5
      Early in his boyhood he had learned to form ropes by twisting and tying long grasses together, and with these he was forever tripping Tublat or attempting to hang him from some overhanging branch.
  3. (intransitive) to be guilty of a misstep or mistake; to commit an offence against morality, propriety, etc
    • John Locke
      till his tongue trip
    • South
      A blind will thereupon comes to be led by a blind understanding; there is no remedy, but it must trip and stumble.
    • Dryden
      Virgil is so exact in every word that none can be changed but for a worse; he pretends sometimes to trip, but it is to make you think him in danger when most secure.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) to detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict
    • Shakespeare
      These her women can trip me if I err.
  5. (transitive) to activate or set in motion, as in the activation of a trap, explosive, or switch
    When we get into the factory, trip the lights.
  6. (intransitive) to be activated, as by a signal or an event
    The alarm system tripped, throwing everyone into a panic.
  7. (intransitive) to experience a state of reverie or to hallucinate, due to consuming psychoactive drugs
    After taking the LSD, I started tripping about fairies and colors.
  8. (intransitive) to journey, to make a trip
    Last summer we tripped to the coast.
  9. (intransitive, dated) to move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip
    • Milton
      Come, and trip it, as you go, / On the light fantastic toe.
    • Dryden
      She bounded by, and tripped so light / They had not time to take a steady sight.
  10. (nautical) to raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free
  11. (nautical) to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it
  12. (slang, African American Vernacular, most commonly used in the form tripping) to become unreasonably upset, especially over something unimportant; to cause a scene or a disruption
    • 2003, “What's a Pimp?”, in Married to the Game, performed by Too $hort:
      If she ain't with it, I find another little chick
      I'm quick to switch, even when I was six
      I had a backup bitch, when my bitch would trip
      I'd go play with my other girlfriend and get me a kiss
      And at the age of thirty-six I'm to the same old tricks

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trip (not comparable)

  1. (poker slang) of or relating to trips





trip f, m (plural trips, diminutive tripje n)

  1. a trip, a short excursion, a vacation, travelling
  2. hallucination, tripping



trip m (plural trips)

  1. trip (hallucination)