WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
trip1 /trɪp/USA pronunciation
n., v., tripped, trip•ping.
a traveling from one place to another:my weekly trip to the bank.
a run made by a boat, train, or the like between two points:The trip takes just two hours by ferry.
a misstep, as by catching one's foot.
- an instance of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD.
to (cause to) stumble: [no object]to trip on one of the toys.[~ + object]stuck out his foot and tripped her.
to (cause to) make a slip or mistake, as in conversation or conduct: [~ + up + object]The lawyer tried his best to trip up the witness.[~ + object + up]to trip him up.[no object; ~ + up]During his speech he tripped up when he confused the Balkan states and the Baltic states.
[no object] to step lightly or nimbly;
- something that keeps one occupied:She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
skip:tripping gaily down the path.
Slang Terms[no object; (~ + out)][Slang.]to be under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, esp. LSD:She claimed she was tripping (out) on acid and saw monsters crawling on her arm.
trip•per, n. [countable]
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trip /trɪp/ n
vb (trips, tripping, tripped)
- an outward and return journey, often for a specific purpose
- any tour, journey, or voyage
- a false step; stumble
- any slip or blunder
- a light step or tread
- a manoeuvre or device to cause someone to trip
Also called: tripper any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- informal a hallucinogenic drug experience
- informal any stimulating, profound, etc, experience
Etymology: 14th Century: 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
- often followed by up, or when intr, by on or over: to stumble or cause to stumble
- to make or cause to make a mistake or blunder
- (transitive) often followed by up: to trap or catch in a mistake
- (intransitive) to go on a short tour or journey
- (intransitive) to move or tread lightly
- (intransitive) informal to experience the effects of LSD or any other hallucinogenic drug
- (transitive) to activate (a mechanical trip)
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