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ribald

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noun rib·ald \ˈri-bəld also ˈri-ˌbȯld, ˈrī-ˌbȯld\

Definition of ribald

  1. :  a ribald person



Origin and Etymology of ribald

Middle English ribaud person of low status, scoundrel, lecher, from Anglo-French, from Old French riber to be debauched, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rīban to be in heat, copulate, literally, to rub


First Known Use: 13th century


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ribald

adjective rib·ald

Simple Definition of ribald

  • : referring to sex in a rude but amusing way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ribald

  1. 1 :  crude, offensive <ribald language>

  2. 2 :  characterized by or using coarse indecent humor

Examples of ribald in a sentence

  1. <some of the movie's most ribald, and thus funniest, scenes were cut for showing on broadcast television>

  2. <a ribald tale rife with double entendres and racy innuendo>



1508

First Known Use of ribald

1508

Synonym Discussion of ribald

coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language <found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive>. vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding <a loud vulgar belch>. gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness <gross eating habits>. obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters <obscene language not allowed on the air>. ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent <entertained the campers with ribald folk songs>.


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