Green’s Dictionary of Slang

trip v.1

[trip n.4 (1)]

1. with ref. to drugs.

(a) to be under the influence of a drug, to experience a drug’s effects, usu. hallucinogenic, orig. only of LSD; usu. as adj. tripping; thus tripping n. (1)

[US]Time 7 Apr. 60: Youthful mind-benders have tripped (or thought they did) on everything from airplane glue to morning-glory seeds, from nutmeg to black tea.
[UK]Oz 3 4: Tripping and skipping they ran merrily after the wonderful music.
[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 50: Tripping, v. To be under the influence of a drug.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 361: Somebody’s come and put some drugs into my mouth! I’m tripping.
[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 113: ‘Cheryl’s trippin.’’ ‘Wot on?’ ‘White Light [...] She dropped it on the bus this mornin’.’.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 166: Say, white girl like you probably dig some nice acid [...] You be trippin’ for days!
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 53: trippin’ To be loaded on illegal drugs [...] ‘Dude took some of that water; he be trippin’.’.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 117: I’d go to some of my classes high, tripping off acid.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 128: Jimmy was really tripping on some good THC.
[UK]R. Milward Ten Storey Love Song 2: Her drunk on cheapo vodka, him tripping his numbskull off.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.

(b) (drugs) to take LSD.

[UK]Manchester Guardian Weekly 2 May 16: They went to the seedy suburb of Haight Ashbury, the capital of the hippies, to smoke a little (pot), to love a little (sex), to trip a little (LSD).
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 7: tripping – using LSD.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 168: He had tripped plenty of times as an undergraduate.
[US]C. Hiaasen Squeeze Me 307: ‘The snake’s tripping?’ ‘It’s, uh, not inconceivable’’.

(c) (drugs) to take any hallucinogenic drug.

[US]L. Kramer Faggots 339: ‘You never would trip with me.’ Dinky swallowed two Desnobarbs.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 19 Feb. 8: McLagan [...] drank and spliffed and tripped.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 185: Auld-school medicine men would go n take aw sort ay poisons [...] They’d trip, then spew, n shite like squaddie, and come back purged.

2. in fig./ext. uses of sense 1.

(a) to play around, to ‘mess about’.

[US]Mad mag. June 48: Still the Raven went on tripping my old blues till I was flipping.
[US]L. Wolf Voices from the Love Generation 9: I was just tripping around – playing, and freaking out, and taking a lot of dope, and entertaining people.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton title page: A dive into living large, a work where characters trip, talk out the side of their neck and cuss like it was nothing.
Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 trip v [...] 5. to partake in friendly flirting, which may lead to a more serious relationship. (‘They used to trip but now they’re going out’).
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 61: I got to feed my kids, man [...] I ain’t tripping on that shit.

(b) to fantasize, to act in an irrational manner.

[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 469: She accepts. I’m trippin.
[US](con. 1964–73) W. Terry Bloods (1985) 2: They thought I was trippin’, this Marine acting crazy, just talking shit.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 157: Man, y’all trippin’.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 79: I was tripping. [...] Santa Claus had slid down the chimney.
[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 15: Y’all be tripping, muthafuckin’ white boys acting like dey going to a punk-ass par-tay! Only party y’all fittin’ to be at, be the par-tay up you white asses.
[UK]G. Malkani Londonstani (2007) 210: Are you trippin? I tell them that an they’d whup my ass.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘You’re inviting me to the wedding?’ ‘That’s not all. I was wondering if you’d be a bridesmaid.’ Was she completely tripping?
B. Koeler ‘Be My Alibi’ in ThugLit Sept. [ebook] Don’t trip. I’ll be there.

(c) to daydream.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 177: ‘I thought you might have fallen asleep with your clothes on.’ ‘I’m just lying here tripping.’.

(d) to be delighted, to be ecstatic; often as trip for, trip over; thus trip off (of)

[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 13: I sat [...] and watched the mother burn, smokin’ Lucky Stripes, trippin’ hard on what I had done – and grinning.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 7: trip, trip out – to become extremely excited: He was tripping out when Jordan slamdunked the ball at the buzzer.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 120: The baddest hotel in the West. You’ll trip when ya see it.
[US](con. 2016) in J. Fenton We Own This City 149: He at this big-ass mansion with a pool in the back,’ Rayam said. ‘N—— [sic] be trippin,’ Gondo said.

(e) (US black, also trip off) to lose control, to go mad, to overreact, to get angry.

[US]Too $hort ‘From Here To New York’ 🎵 Rappers like me won’t even trip.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 196: trip to act inappropriately, react unexpectedly; to act crazy or weird.
[US]Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘Murder was the Case’ 🎵 My mind starts trippin, a tear drops my eye.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 241: I’m trippin’, man [...] ’Bout ready to bite down on my tongue. [Ibid.] 262: Why you trippin’, man? You know I didn’t mean nothin’ in there.
[US]Source Aug. 144: Loving it. That is, until some fools start trippin’. [Ibid.] 148: We know what we’re doing. We been doing this all our life. So we ain’t trippin’. They just want to see us stressing.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 164: ‘One of my homies get killed or something I’ll trip off it’.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 71: Don’t trip, dawg. Skell’s making the pickup right before count.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 27: ‘What?’ Little Dap starting to trip .
[US]in J. Miller Getting Played 102: ‘Calm down don’t trip off of him, you be steady, he a little boy’.
J. Cole ‘Miss America’ 🎵 Don’t trip, nigga, they just words.
[US]Mother Jones July/Aug. 🌐 The inmate says guards turn a blind eye to it [i.e. synthetic marijuana]. They ‘ain’t trippin’ on that shit’.

(f) to be passionately interested or involved in; thus trip off

[US]Source Nov. 162: When we first came out we weren’t tripping on no solo albums.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 240: Here’s a fun fact. Did you know people relieve themselves when they die? Sometimes I trip on that.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 274: What I was tripping on were the fascinating facts I recalled from the Discovery Channel.

(g) (US black) to do something beyond the norm, in a positive way.

[US]F.X. Toole Rope Burns 204: Air Jordan be trippin!

(h) to worry.

Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 trip v [...] 3. to worry. (‘Don’t trip about it!’).
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 146: Tripping on the righteous indignation this football-player-built idiot is displaying.
[US]‘Grandmaster Flash’ Adventures 123: The Gladiator takes three people to carry—but I'm trippin' it's not gonna be loud enough.

(i) to be surprised.

Online Sl. Dict. 🌐 trip v [...] 6. to be surprised. (‘Man, I tripped when I saw her walk in.’).

(j) to suffer.

[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 65: Unless the sorry-ass dawg is dead already or maybe trippin’ real bad behind the pain [of being stabbed].

3. see set trip v.

In phrases

trip off (v.)

(US) to turn against, to become emotionally distanced.

[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 221: My wife couldn’t understand. I tripped off on her. I just got turned off with my wife.
trip off (of) (v.) [the image is of an experience so intense that it replicates the effects of LSD]

(orig. US) to enjoy.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 258: trip off of Amuse, inform, or otherwise occupy oneself by observing people and things in one’s environment.
P. Guichard ‘Mind Blowing’ at 23 Mar. 🌐 The new album from U.K. press darlings LO FIDELITY ALLSTARS, How to Operate with a Blown Mind, doesn’t deviate too far from the big beat bill of goods: hard drums, deep bass, looped vocal scrap and bleeping noises to trip off of.
[US]Punkguy ‘Scared away from drugs’ on ‘Experience Vaults’ on 29 Apr. 🌐 When i got off work i decided to go out and get some allergy pills to trip off of since the jimson weed failed at giving me any hallucinations.
[US]P. Beatty Sellout (2016) 166: When I was young, dumb, and full of cum, my [...] African-American daddy dropped some knowledge on me that i been trippin’ off ever since.
trip out (v.)

see separate entry.

tripped-out (adj.)

see separate entry.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

trip in (v.)

(US) to arrive, to enter.

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 49: Trip in, v. To come in late.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 41: A sandwich vendor with her hair full of dandelions came tripping in from Hollywood Boulevard.
tripped up (adj.) [var. on tripped-out adj. with the added image of falling over]

(US campus) experiencing the effects of excessive drinking.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 7: tripped up – suffering the effects of drinking too much.
trip up on (v.)

(US black) to betray a lover, to commit adultery.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 133: To creep, to burn, [...] and to trip up on someone all connote sexual infidelity.