American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor.
- n. A vulgar, lewdly funny person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low, base fellow; a profligate; a ruffian; a person of lewd habits: applied particularly to one who is coarse, abusive, or obscene in language.
- Licentious; profligate; obscene; coarse; abusive or indecent, especially in language; foul-mouthed.
- Synonyms Gross, coarse, filthy, indecent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow.
- adj. Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene.
- adj. humorously vulgar
- n. a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language
- 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 *wrībanan (“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. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English ribaud, ribald person, from Old French, from riber, to be wanton, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Despite the heat and the stagnant air, one of the toilers found breath to croak a ribald buccaneering ditty:”
“He said that he was a God-fearing man, and meant to do right, and was willing to take his chances in the lottery of war, but when a man got him to ride a circus trick-horse, and bring upon his sacred calling the ribald laughter of the wicked, he felt that civilization was a failure.”
“Only once had his eye flashed fire and his cheek burned, and his right hand unconsciously sought where his weapon should have hung, when his noble brother was termed a ribald assassin, an excommunicated murderer; but quickly he checked that natural emotion, and remained collected as before.”
“A final thought -- I would suggest that the Judicial Council refrain from using the term "ribald" to describe the jokes in question.”
“I don't think that you are aware what "ribald" means. ”
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“Shameless is what you might expect of a no-holds-barred family drama on pay cable: reckless, raw and always a bit much — especially when it comes to a preposterous character like Joan Cusack as a neurotic, agoraphobic, psycho/nympho housewife who we first meet when Lip tutors her daughter in sessions that go predictably ribald.”
“The wedding of two B-list stars somehow makes for A-list news, which explains why I'm writing this post about the weekend nuptials of saucy pop songstress Katy Perry and ribald, hirsute British comedian Russell Brand.”
“I thought the book was more urban than urbane, more ribald than refined, but Armageddon Bound was a fun read.”
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