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Origin and Meaning of Trip

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  • A user from Nigeria says the name Trip is of Canadian origin and means "Family visit".
  • A submission from Wisconsin, United States says the name Trip means "Traveler" and is of English origin.
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verb Trip
  1. To move with light, quick steps; to walk or move lightly; to skip; to move the feet nimbly; -- sometimes followed by it. See It, 5."This horse anon began to trip and dance." [Chaucer.]"Come, and trip it, as you go, On the light fantastic toe." [Milton.]"She bounded by, and tripped so light They had not time to take a steady sight." [Dryden.]
  2. To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion; as, to trip to Europe.
  3. To take a quick step, as when in danger of losing one's balance; hence, to make a false step; to catch the foot; to lose footing; to stumble.
  4. Fig.: To be guilty of a misstep; to commit an offense against morality, propriety, or rule; to err; to mistake; to fail."Till his tongue trip." [Locke.]"A blind will thereupon comes to be led by a blind understanding; there is no remedy, but it must trip and stumble." [South.]"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." [Dryden.]"What? dost thou verily trip upon a word?" [R. Browning.]

Etymology: OE. trippen; akin to D. trippen, Dan. trippe, and E. tramp. See Tramp

verb Trip
  1. To cause to stumble, or take a false step; to cause to lose the footing, by striking the feet from under; to cause to fall; to throw off the balance; to supplant; -- often followed by up; as, to trip up a man in wrestling."The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of his cause." [Abp. Bramhall.]
  2. (Fig)To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail."To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword." [Shak.]
  3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called trip up.(R)"These her women can trip me if I err." [Shak.]
  4. [Naut]
    1. To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
    2. To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering it.
  5. [Mach] To release, let fall, or set free, as a weight or compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent; to activate by moving a release mechanism, often unintentionally; as, to trip an alarm.
noun Trip
  1. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip."His heart bounded as he sometimes could hear the trip of a light female step glide to or from the door." [Sir W. Scott.]
  2. A brief or rapid journey; an excursion or jaunt."I took a trip to London on the death of the queen." [Pope.]
  3. A false step; a stumble; a misstep; a loss of footing or balance. Fig.: An error; a failure; a mistake."Imperfect words, with childish trips." [Milton.]"Each seeming trip, and each digressive start." [Harte.]
  4. A small piece; a morsel; a bit.(Obs)"A tripof cheese." [Chaucer.]
  5. A stroke, or catch, by which a wrestler causes his antagonist to lose footing."And watches with a trip his foe to foil." [Dryden.]" It is the sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground." [South.]
  6. [Naut] A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
  7. A herd or flock, as of sheep, goats, etc.(Prov. Eng. & Scott)
  8. A troop of men; a host.(Obs)
  9. [Zoöl] A flock of widgeons.
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  1. An unintentional but embarrassing blunder ("he recited the whole poem without a single trip" and "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later")
  2. A light or nimble tread ("he heard the trip of women's feet overhead")
  3. A journey for some purpose (usually including the return) ("he took a trip to the shopping center")
  4. A catch mechanism that acts as a switch ("the pressure activates the tripper and releases the water")
  5. An exciting or stimulating experience
  6. An accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
  7. A hallucinatory experience induced by drugs ("an acid trip")
  8. Get high, stoned, or drugged ("He trips every weekend")
  9. Put in motion or move to act
  10. Make a trip for pleasure
  11. Miss a step and fall or nearly fall
  12. Cause to stumble ("The questions on the test tripped him up")

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 ("to skip, trip, hop, stamp, trample"; > 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.

  1. A journey; an excursion or jaunt.
    We made a to the beach.
  2. A stumble or misstep.
    He was injured due to a down the stairs.
  3. (figuratively) An error; a failure; a mistake.
  4. A period of time in which one experiences drug-induced reverie or hallucinations.
    He had a strange after taking LSD.
  5. A faux pas, a social error.
  6. Intense involvement in or enjoyment of a condition.
    ego ;  power ;  nostalgia ;  guilt
  7. (engineering) A mechanical cutout device.
  8. (electricity) A trip-switch or cut-out.
    It's dark because the operated.
  9. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip.
    trip the light fantastic W
  10. (obsolete) A small piece; a morsel; a bit.
  11. The act of tripping someone, or causing them to lose their footing.
  12. (nautical) A single board, or tack, in plying, or beating, to windward.
  13. (obsolete, Britain, Scotland, dialect) A herd or flock of sheep, goats, etc.
  14. (obsolete) A troop of men; a host.
  15. A flock of wigeons.

trip was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Notable Persons Named Trip

Trip Hawkins is an entrepreneurship and entrepreneur. Trip was given the name William M. Hawkins III on December 28th, 1953.


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Trip was born on June 20th, 1972 in Texas. Trip is also known as Kuehne, Ernest W., and III.


Trip was born in 1960 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.


Trip was born on June 30th, 1974.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Trip

Gabriel was born in 1955.


Fokele was born on October 10th, 1921 in Amersfoort. Fokele is also known as Boy Trip. He passed away on January 26th, 1990.


Nick Trip is a soap character.


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Popularity of Trip as a last name

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Ethnicity Trip U.S.
  White 80.95% 64.26%
  African American 10.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Trip

  • How Popular is the name Trip? Trip is the 22,926th most popular name of all time. As a last name Trip was the 96,368th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Trip have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 272 babies born with the first name Trip in the United States. That's more than enough people named Trip to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Trip? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1960 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Trip first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Trip is Saturday, July 29th, 1905.
  • What year had the most people named Trip born? The highest recorded use of the first name Trip was in 2009 with a total of 38 babies.
  • Random Trip Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Trip is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Trip: Your name in reverse order is Pirt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rpit. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Trip? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 189 people with the last name Trip.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Trip? Trip is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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