Definition of ribald
: 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of ribald in a Sentence
some of the movie's most ribald, and thus funniest, scenes were cut for showing on broadcast television
a ribald tale rife with double entendres and racy innuendo
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Definition of ribald for English Language Learners
: referring to sex in a rude but amusing way
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