• enPR: trĭp, IPA: /tɹɪp/, [t̠ʰɹ̠̊ɪp]

trip (plural trips)

  1. a journey; an excursion or jaunt
    We made a trip to the beach.
    • 1918, Ralph Henry Barbour, Lost Island
      I sold my horse and took a trip to Ceylon and back on an Orient boat as a passenger,
  2. a stumble or misstep
    He was injured due to a trip down the stairs.
  3. (figurative) an error; a failure; a mistake
    • 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      Imperfect words, with childish trips.
    • 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.
    • 1969, Merle Haggard, "Okie from Muskogee (song)":
      We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee / We don't take our trips on 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 Trip the light fantastic (phrase)
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
  10. (obsolete) a small piece; a morsel; a bit
    • a trip of cheese
  11. the act of tripping someone, or causing them to lose their footing
    • And watches with a trip his foe to foil.
    • 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
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trip (trips, present participle tripping; 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 by knocking their feet from under them
    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
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book III
      till his tongue trips
    • A blind will thereupon comes to be led by a blind understanding; there is no remedy, but it must trip and stumble.
    • 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
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
      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
    • a. 1645, John Milton, “L'Allegro”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      Come, and trip it, as ye go, / On the light fantastic toe.
    • 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, AAVE, most commonly used in the form tripping) to become unreasonably upset, especially over something unimportant; to cause a scene or a disruption
Translations Translations
  • French: faire un croche-pied
  • German: ein Bein stellen
  • Portuguese: tropeçar
  • Spanish: hacer topezar, hacer trastabillar, poner la zancadilla, meter la zancadilla, zancadillear
  • French: triper
  • Portuguese: viajar
  • Russian: кайфова́ть
  • Spanish: tripear
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trip (not comparable)

  1. (poker slang) of or relating to trips#Noun|trips

trip (plural trips)

  1. (obsolete, UK, Scotland, dialect) a herd or flock of sheep, goats, etc.
  2. (obsolete) a troop of men; a host
  3. a flock of wigeons

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