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Dictionary Definition

ripper n : a murderer who slashes the victims with a knife; "Jack the ripper was probably a madman"

User Contributed Dictionary



From rip + -er, originated 1605 – 15.


  • (UK): /ˈrɪpə/, /"rIp@/
  • (US): , /ˈrɪpɚ/, /"rIp@`/
    Rhymes with: -ɪpə(r)


  1. Something that rips (something).
  2. Someone who rips (something).
  3. A legislative bill or act that transfers powers of appointment from the usual holders to a chief executive or a board of officials.
  4. A murderer who kills and often mutilates victims with a blade or similar sharp weapon.
  5. In the context of "mining": A hook-like tool used to tear away ore, rock, etc.
  6. In the context of "UK|slang": Something that is an excellent example of its kind.
  7. Software that extracts content from files or storage media.


something that rips (something)
someone who rips (something)
legislative bill or act
murderer who kills and often mutilates victims with a blade
mining tool
slang: something that is an excellent example of its kind


  • American Heritage 2000
  • WordNet 2003

Extensive Definition

Ripper may refer to:
  • Jack the Ripper, a pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer (or killers) active in the largely impoverished Whitechapel area and adjacent districts of London in the latter half of 1888
  • The Yorkshire Ripper, the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who killed thirteen women in Yorkshire during the 1970s
  • Brandon Vedas, a man who died of drug overdose on IRC
  • Tim "Ripper" Owens, Heavy Metal singer
  • CD ripper, a piece of software that reads compact discs and extracts audio data and stores it in an audio format computer file
  • DVD ripper, a computer application that copies the contents of a DVD to a harddisk
  • Ripper (copier), a person who is seriously and continuously involved in the ripping process
  • John the Ripper, a password cracking tool
  • A slater's tool with a blade and a hook, used for removing broken slate
  • A moveable hard steel hook on the back of a bulldozer used to break up hard soil or pavement

In fiction

  • Ripper (game), a computer game released in 1996 by Take-Two Interactive
  • Ripper (Harry Potter), the name of Aunt Marge's bulldog in the Harry Potter series of novels
  • Ripper (Slade), the fourth novel in Michael Slade's long running Special X series
  • Ripper (film), a 2001 horror film, starring A. J. Cook and Bruce Payne
  • Ripper (television), a proposed spin-off series or made-for-TV movie from the tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Rupert Giles, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer who was also known as "Ripper"
  • Rippers, a type of creature in the Metroid video game franchise
  • A race of mutant kangaroo–human hybrids in the graphic novel/movie Tank Girl
  • 'Ripper', the villain played by Tom Noonan in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero
ripper in German: Ripper
ripper in French: Ripper
ripper in Polish: Ripper
ripper in Portuguese: Ripar
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