ribald


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rib·ald

 (rĭb′əld, rī′bôld′)
adj.
Characterized by or indulging in humor that is vulgar and lewd.
n.
A vulgar, lewdly funny person.

[From Middle English ribaud, ribald person, from Old French, from riber, to be wanton, from Middle High German rīban, to rub, be in heat, copulate, from Old High German; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

ribald

(ˈrɪbəld)
adj
coarse, obscene, or licentious, usually in a humorous or mocking way
n
a ribald person
[C13: from Old French ribauld, from riber to live licentiously, of Germanic origin]
ˈribaldly adv

rib•ald

(ˈrɪb əld; spelling pron. ˈraɪ bəld)

adj.
1. vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking.
n.
2. a ribald person.
[1200–50; Middle English ribald, ribaud (n.) < Old French ribau(l)d=rib(er) to be licentious (< Old High German rīben to copulate, be in heat, literally, rub)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ribald - a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language
vulgarian - a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)
Adj.1.ribald - humorously vulgar; "bawdy songs"; "off-color jokes"; "ribald language"
dirty - (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"

ribald

adjective coarse, rude, indecent, racy, blue, broad, gross, naughty, obscene, filthy, vulgar, raunchy (slang), earthy, risqué, X-rated (informal), bawdy, scurrilous, smutty, off colour, licentious, near the knuckle (informal), Rabelaisian her ribald comments about a guest's body language
decent, proper, refined, polite, genteel, tasteful, chaste, inoffensive, decorous

ribald

adjective
Offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunchy.
Translations

ribald

[ˈrɪbəld] ADJ [jokes, laughter] → verde, colorado (LAm); [person] → irreverente, procaz

ribald

[ˈrɪbəld] adj [joke, story, comment] → grivois(e); [cheer, laughter] → grivois(e)

ribald

adjdeftig, zotig (pej); behaviourderb; companyliederlich; ribald commentsFerkeleien pl

ribald

[ˈrɪbld] adj (old) (person) → sguaiato/a; (joke) → licenzioso/a
References in classic literature ?
Before it was altogether dark the curious crowd had collected in the street, silent, as a rule, and expectant, with here and there a scoffer uttering his incredulity and courage with scornful remarks or ribald cries.
On the evening of the 23d (July) they encamped on the banks of what they term Big River; and here we cannot but pause to lament the stupid, commonplace, and often ribald names entailed upon the rivers and other features of the great West, by traders and settlers.
Still I wish they were not there, and I hope the time will come when the beast-man will be so far subdued and tamed in us that the memory of him in literature shall be left to perish; that what is lewd and ribald in the great poets shall be kept out of such editions as are meant for general reading, and that the pedant-pride which now perpetuates it as an essential part of those poets shall no longer have its way.
Men and women, boys and girls, trotted along beside or after the cart, hooting, shouting profane and ribald remarks, singing snatches of foul song, skipping, dancing -- a very holiday of hellions, a sickening sight.
He that possesses her must keep her within bounds, not permitting her to break out in ribald satires or soulless sonnets.
Now there happened to be among them a ribald fellow, whose name was Ctesippus, and who came from Same.
exclaimed the chief monk, "explain thy ribald speech, or by'r Lady it shall go hard with thee.
The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
He saw cowboys at the bar, drinking fierce whiskey, the air filled with obscenity and ribald language, and he saw himself with them drinking and cursing with the wildest, or sitting at table with them, under smoking kerosene lamps, while the chips clicked and clattered and the cards were dealt around.
When the scattered parties were collected, men-- living yet, but singed as with hot irons--were plucked out of the cellars, and carried off upon the shoulders of others, who strove to wake them as they went along, with ribald jokes, and left them, dead, in the passages of hospitals.
The fair girl, with a laugh of ribald coquetry, turned to answer him.
had he beheld ribald fellows, marching in bands of four, beneath his window, and setting him at defiance, in doublets but no shirts, hats without crowns, with wallet and bottle at their side?