• Ribald


    • UK IPA: /ˈɹɪb.əld/
    • US IPA: /ˈɹɪb.əld/, /ˈɹaɪ.bɔld/

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    From Middle English, from Old French ribaud, ribauld ("rogue, scoundrel") ( >

    French ribaud), from riber ("to be licentious"), from Frankish *rīben ("to copulate, be in heat", literally to rub), from Proto-Germanic *wrībaną ("to turn, twist"), from Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- ("to turn, twist") + Old French -auld, from Old Frankish *-wald. Cognate with Old High German rīban ("to rub"), Dutch wrijven ("to rub"). Compare also Old High German hrība ("prostitute"). More at wrap.

    Full definition of ribald



    1. Coarsely, vulgarly, or lewdly amusing; referring to sexual matters in a rude or irreverent way.
      • 1693, Thomas Urquhart and (Trans.), ' , The Third Book, :Let no zealous Christian trust the rogue,—the filthy ribald rascal is a liar.
      • 1875, May 15, Anonymous, "", Harper's Weekly:But when he died the "Reform Democracy" instinctively returned to its vomit of ribald insult.
      • 1888, Ambrose Pierce, "", Can Such Things Be? (Pub. 1893):Originally published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 24, 1888, and later included in Can Such Things Be? and Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories.The curious crowd had collected in the street ..., with here and there a scoffer uttering his incredulity and courage with scornful remarks or ribald cries.



    (plural ribalds)
    1. An individual who is filthy or vulgar in nature.
      • 1483 edition, William Caxton (Trans.), , "", The :After, he made an harlot, a ribald, come to him alone for to touch his members and his body, to move to lechery.

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