What does tripping mean?

Definitions for tripping
ˈtrɪp ɪŋtrip·ping

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tripping.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lilting, swinging, swingy, trippingadjective

    characterized by a buoyant rhythm

    "an easy lilting stride"; "the flute broke into a light lilting air"; "a swinging pace"; "a graceful swingy walk"; "a tripping singing measure"

  2. light, lightsome, trippingadjective

    moving easily and quickly; nimble

    "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trippingadjective

    Quick; nimble.

    Etymology: from trip.

    The clear sun of the fresh wave largely drew,
    As after thirst; which made their flowing shrink
    From standing lake, to tripping ebb; that stole
    With soft foot tow’rds the deep. John Milton, Par. Lost.

  2. Trippingnoun

    Light dance.

    Etymology: from trip.

    Back, shepherds, back, enough your play,
    Here be without duck or nod,
    Other trippings to be trod,
    Of lighter toes. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tripping

    of Trip

  2. Trippingadjective

    quick; nimble; stepping lightly and quickly

  3. Trippingadjective

    having the right forefoot lifted, the others remaining on the ground, as if he were trotting; trippant; -- said of an animal, as a hart, buck, and the like, used as a bearing

  4. Trippingnoun

    act of one who, or that which, trips

  5. Trippingnoun

    a light dance

  6. Trippingnoun

    the loosing of an anchor from the ground by means of its cable or buoy rope


  1. Tripping

    "Tripping" is a song by British pop singer Robbie Williams, it was the first single from his 2005 album Intensive Care. The single was backed with the track "Make Me Pure", also from the same album, it was sent to radio stations around the world. Williams himself calls the song "something like a mini gangster opera" and "kind of cabaret act reggae". The rolling rhythm of the song owes much to the early work of The Clash. During the chorus Williams reaches an extremely high disco-like head voice. Lyrically the song is a bit darker than previous songs. It tells the tale of gangsters and how they "don't kill their own and they all love their mothers", before an anguished chorus of "I've taken as much as I'm willing to take". The opening lyrics "First they ignore you, then laugh at you and hate you. Then they fight you, then you win" is a paraphrase from a quote commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. The song was the 26th best selling of 2005 in the UK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tripping

    trip′ing, n. the act of tripping: a light kind of dance.—adv. Tripp′ingly, in a tripping manner: with a light, quick step.—n. Tripp′ingness.


  1. Tripping

    Tripping is the world’s largest metasearch platform for home rentals (think: Kayak for Airbnb). With over 1 million local properties in 36,000+ cities, travelers have access to the widest selection of vacation and short-term rental homes worldwide. Tripping also offers Instant Bookings, so booking a vacation rental is now as easy as booking a hotel. The company launched from TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC and has since raised a $1 million Seed round from Silicon Valley investors.To learn more, please visit https://www.tripping.com.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tripping

    Giving a yard the necessary cant by a tripping-line. Also, the lifting an upper mast to withdraw its fid, in order that it may be lowered by means of the mast-rope.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tripping

    In heraldry, having the right fore foot lifted, the others remaining on the ground, as if he were trotting;—said of an animal, as a hart, buck, and the like, represented in an escutcheon.

Rap Dictionary

  1. trippingverb

    Literally making a misstep, figuratively doing something wrong.

  2. trippingverb

    Responding to the effects of narcotics.

  3. trippingverb

    Freak for any reason. "Don't start tripping, or we'll go toe to toe" -- ??

  4. trippingverb

    Acting irrationally -A synonym used in Chicago is known as tweakin which means mistaken or going crazy. That ain't the right way, you tweakin.

How to pronounce tripping?

How to say tripping in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tripping in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tripping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tripping in a Sentence

  1. Alysia Montano:

    I don't know what happened to Brenda, she ended up tripping and I found myself jumping around her and someone kicked me out from behind. What can I do in that situation? I didn't touch anyone.

  2. Allie Beth Stuckey:

    When you elevate victimhood as virtue, you will create a culture in which people are tripping over themselves to be oppressed.

  3. Wendy Williams:

    The doctors tell me it’s going to take at least six months — maybe a year — to level off my medication, which is why I always wear flats. I’m not wearing heels and falling and tripping.

  4. Craig Moffett:

    The reason you're getting that reaction is this is a battle of marketing vaporware rather than real network evolution, they're tripping over themselves to claim they have a 5G network.

  5. Gael Salcedo:

    My hands were freezing. I couldn't feel my legs anymore, so I was struggling a lot and the water was just so strong, i kept tripping, and I had the guy help me up a bunch of times and I used all my strength to get out of the water.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for tripping

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for tripping »


Find a translation for the tripping definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these tripping definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "tripping." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 5 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/tripping>.

    Are we missing a good definition for tripping? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    superiority in power or influence
    • A. instigation
    • B. callathump
    • C. chin-wag
    • D. preponderance

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for tripping: