When you trip, you stumble or lose your footing. As a noun, a trip is a journey or outing, like your trip to the library yesterday or your trip to Japan last summer.

You can trip over a bump in the sidewalk, and you can also trip another person, or make them stumble (although it's not very nice to do so on purpose). The 14th-century meaning of the verb was "tread lightly and nimbly, dance, or caper." Experts aren't quite sure how trip got from that to "awkwardly stumble."

Definitions of trip
  1. verb
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
    synonyms: stumble
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    stumble and nearly fall
    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    cause to stumble
    “The questions on the test tripped him up”
    synonyms: trip up
  3. noun
    an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
    synonyms: slip
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    fall, spill, tumble
    a sudden drop from an upright position
    a fall onto your buttocks
    a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
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    misadventure, mischance, mishap
    an instance of misfortune
  4. noun
    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
    “he recited the whole poem without a single trip
    “he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later”
    synonyms: misstep, stumble, trip-up
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    bloomer, blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall
    an embarrassing mistake
  5. noun
    a light or nimble tread
    “he heard the trip of women's feet overhead”
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    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
  6. noun
    a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)
    “he took a trip to the shopping center”
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    a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports
    a trip taken by an official at public expense
    round trip
    a trip to some place and back again
    a regular trip
    a short trip
    any long and difficult trip
    a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
    service call
    a trip made by a repairman to visit the location of something in need of service
    connecting flight
    a flight with an intermediate stop and a change of aircraft (possibly a change of airlines)
    direct flight
    a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft
    domestic flight
    a flight that begins and ends in the same country
    international flight
    a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another
    nonstop, nonstop flight
    a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination
    redeye, redeye flight
    a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep
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    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  7. noun
    an exciting or stimulating experience
    synonyms: head trip
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    an event as apprehended
  8. noun
    a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs
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    illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder
  9. verb
    make a trip for pleasure
    synonyms: jaunt, travel
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    junket, junketeer
    go on a pleasure trip
    travel to, visit
    go to certain places as for sightseeing
    journey, travel
    undertake a journey or trip
    ply, run
    travel a route regularly
    travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
    travel around, through, or over, especially on foot
    live out, sleep out
    work in a house where one does not live
    visit famous or interesting sights
    frequent, haunt
    be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
    make a tour of a certain place
    travel all over the world for pleasure and sightseeing
    ride in or travel with a sledge
    navigate, sail, voyage
    travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
    make a long and difficult journey
    journey on foot, especially in the mountains
  10. verb
    get high, stoned, or drugged
  11. verb
    put in motion or move to act
    synonyms: activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off
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    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  12. noun
    a catch mechanism that acts as a switch
    synonyms: tripper
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    catch, stop
    a restraint that checks the motion of something
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