- 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.]
- To make a brief journey or pleasure excursion; as, to trip to Europe.
- 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.
- 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