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

Definition of RIBALD

:  a ribald person

Origin 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



: referring to sex in a rude but amusing way

Full Definition of RIBALD

:  crude, offensive <ribald language>
:  characterized by or using coarse indecent humor

Examples of RIBALD

  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>

First Known Use of RIBALD



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