ribald

  • 1 Ribald — Rib ald, n. [OE. ribald, ribaud, F. ribaud, OF. ribald, ribault, LL. ribaldus, of German origin; cf. OHG hr[=i]pa prostitute. For the ending ald cf. E. {Herald}.] A low, vulgar, brutal, foul mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow. Spenser. Pope. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Ribald — Rib ald, a. Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene. [1913 Webster] The busy day, Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald crows. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 ribald — [rib′əld] adj. [ME ribaude < OFr ribaud, debauchee < riber, to be wanton < OHG riban, to copulate, lit., to rub < IE * wreip , to twist > Gr rhipē, a throw, rush, storm] characterized by coarse or vulgar joking or mocking; esp.,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 ribald — index blameworthy, blatant (obtrusive), disreputable, inelegant, lascivious, lewd, obscene, offensive …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 ribald — (n.) mid 13c., a rogue, ruffian, rascall, scoundrell, varlet, filthie fellow [Cotgrave], from O.Fr. ribalt, of uncertain origin, perhaps from riber be wanton, sleep around, from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. riban be wanton, lit. to rub, possibly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 ribald — obscene, gross, *coarse, vulgar Analogous words: *offensive, loathsome: indecent, indelicate (see INDECOROUS): lewd, lascivious, wanton (see LICENTIOUS): scurrilous, opprobrious (see ABUSIVE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 ribald — [adj] vulgar, obscene base, bawdy, blue*, coarse, devilish, earthy, fast*, filthy*, foulmouthed, gross*, indecent, indecorous, juicy, lascivious, lewd, licentious, low down and dirty, naughty, off color, out of line*, purple*, racy, rascally,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 ribald — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ coarsely or irreverently humorous. ORIGIN originally denoting a licentious or irreverent person: from Old French ribauld, from riber indulge in licentious pleasures …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 ribald — rib|ald [ˈrıbəld] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: ribald person of bad character (13 19 centuries), from Old French ribaut, ribauld, from riber to sleep around ] ribald remarks or jokes are humorous, rude, and about sex ▪ a ribald remark ▪ ribald… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 ribald — I. noun Etymology: 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 Date: 13th… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 ribald — ribaldly, adv. /rib euhld/; spelling pron. /ruy beuhld/, adj. 1. vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous. n. 2. a ribald person. [1200 50; ME ribald, ribaud (n.) < OF ribau(l)d, equiv. to …

    Universalium

  • 12 ribald — 1. adjective /ˈɹɪb.əld,ˈɹɪb.əld,ˈɹaɪ.bɔld/ Coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous. [L]et no zealous Christian trust the rogue,the filthy ribald rascal is a liar. 2. noun /ˈɹɪb.əld,ˈɹɪb.əld,ˈɹaɪ.bɔld/ A person who is filthy or vulgar. After, he… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 ribald — [[t]rɪ̱b(ə)ld[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A ribald remark or sense of humour is rather rude and refers to sex in a humorous way. ...her ribald comments about a fellow guest s body language …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ribald — rib•ald [[t]ˈrɪb əld[/t]] spelling pron. [[t]ˈraɪ bəld[/t]] adj. 1) vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking 2) a ribald person • Etymology: 1200–50; ME ribald, ribaud (n.) < OF ribau(l) d=rib(er) to be licentious (<… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 ribald — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. coarse, low, broad, vulgar; profane, blasphemous. See impurity, vulgarity. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. earthy, obscene, lewd, bawdy, lascivious, vulgar, salacious, indecorous, unbecoming, coarse,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 ribald — [13] Ribald was originally a noun, a derogatory term meaning ‘retainer or dependent of low status’. It was borrowed from Old French ribaut, a derivative of the verb riber ‘sleep around’. This is turn went back to Old High German rīban ‘rub’,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 ribald — sb. Pol. S. 155, 237. Fr. ribald; from OHG. hrupa, a prostitute. See Burguy on this word …

    Oldest English Words

  • 18 ribald — adjective ribald songs, remarks, riddles, or jokes are humorous, rude and usually about sex …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 ribald — /ˈrɪbəld / (say ribuhld), /ˈraɪ / (say ruy ), /ˈraɪbɔld/ (say ruybawld) adjective 1. offensive or scurrilous in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking or abusive; wantonly irreverent. –noun 2. a ribald person. {Middle English ribaut, from Old… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 ribald — [13] Ribald was originally a noun, a derogatory term meaning ‘retainer or dependent of low status’. It was borrowed from Old French ribaut, a derivative of the verb riber ‘sleep around’. This is turn went back to Old High German rīban ‘rub’,… …

    Word origins