riper; ripest
1
: fully grown and developed : mature
ripe fruit
ripe wheat
2
: having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgment
3
: of advanced years : late
a ripe old age
4
a
: suitable, appropriate
the time was ripe for the attempt
b
: fully prepared : ready
the colonies were ripe for revolution
5
a
: brought by aging to full flavor or the best state : mellow
ripe cheese
6
: ruddy, plump, or full like ripened fruit
a ripe figure
7
: indecent
ripe language
ripely adverb
ripeness noun

Examples of ripe in a Sentence

The apples are nearly ripe. the clothes of the field hands were sweaty and ripe after a hard day's work
Recent Examples on the Web Get the recipe > Curried Green Mangoes Curries made with unripe or under-ripe mangoes are popular in Jamaica. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 This method is used for some of the greats like Sauternes and Tokaji and is caused by a fungus called botrytis cinerea that grows once a grape is fully ripe (this is where the term ‘botrytized wine’ comes from). Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 The first is to select perfectly ripe bananas for roasting. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 Add extra flavor Beautiful, ripe fruit is worth appreciating on its own. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 His variation — butter lettuce rather than the usual romaine, actually ripe tomato, a judicious amount of crisped bread, the right zing of pomegranate molasses in the dressing — shows thoughtful restraint. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The second is Corazón French Oak Añejo Tequila, aged for a minimum of 13 months in French oak barrels used to mature Old Charter Oak French Oak bourbon, with notes of sweet oak, ripe berries, vanilla custard, and cinnamon spice. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 The habanero is least ripe when green, and its taste a bit more bitter and acidic. Pati Jinich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 For example, Tibetan spaniels could live to the ripe age of 15.2 years, an extremely old age for a dog with their flattened facial proportions. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English rīpe; akin to Old English rīpan, reopan to reap

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ripe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ripe. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ripe

adjective
riper; ripest
1
: fully grown and developed
a ripe tomato
2
: having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgment
3
: ready entry 1 sense 1
ripe for action
4
: brought to just the right state
ripely adverb
ripeness noun

Legal Definition

ripe

adjective
1
: of, relating to, or being a claim for relief that is ready for judicial resolution because the injury is certain to occur and is not merely hypothetical or speculative compare moot
2
: ready and appropriate for disclosure because reasonably determined to be valid and not required to be kept secret for business reasons
used of corporate information
ripeness noun

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