Part of speech: noun
Origin: Unknown, mid-19th century
(Australian) A thing that is particularly admirable or excellent.
A tool that is used to tear or break something.
Examples of Ripper in a sentence
"Look at that ripper riding the waves!"
"I need a seam ripper to fix these stitches."
Popularity Over Time
There's the cheeky bit of slang, but ripper can also be quite practical. It's a tool used to rip, break, or tear something. Any good sewer will have a seam ripper in their kit.
Did you Know?
As a bit of Australian English slang, ripper means someone particularly skilled, perhaps in surfing. Other words of "strine" — Australian slang — include mate, no worries, arvo, and fair dinkum.