Definition of ripe
- ripe fruit
- ripe wheat
- a ripe old age
- the colonies were ripe for revolution
- a ripe figure
- ripe language
The apples are nearly ripe.
the clothes of the field hands were sweaty and ripe after a hard day's work
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
of fruits and vegetables : fully grown and developed and ready to be eaten
: ready or suitable for something
of food and especially cheese : brought to full flavor or the best state by being stored for a period of time
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