ribaldry

noun rib·ald·ry \ ˈri-bəl-drē also ˈrī- \

Definition of ribaldry

plural -ries
1 :a ribald quality or element
2 a :ribald language or humor
b :an instance of ribald language or humor

Examples of ribaldry in a Sentence

  1. there's a ribaldry in the works of Chaucer that generations of students of English literature have heartily enjoyed

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First Known Use of ribaldry

14th century


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