• to fall over or stumble over an object as a result of striking it with one's foot
  • to cause (a person or animal) to fall or stumble by knocking their feet from under them
  • to be guilty of a misstep or mistake; to commit an offence against morality, propriety, etc
  • to detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict
  • to activate or set in motion, as in the activation of a trap, explosive, or switch
  • to be activated, as by a signal or an event
  • to experience a state of reverie or to hallucinate, due to consuming psychoactive drugs
  • to journey, to make a trip
  • to move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip
  • to raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free
  • to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it
  • to become unreasonably upset, especially over something unimportant; to cause a scene or a disruption


  • of or relating to trips


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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 (> 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 trippeln ("to scurry"), Old English treppan ("to trample, tread"). Related also to trap, tramp.
  • From Middle English tryppe, from Old French trippe.

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