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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fully developed; mature: ripe peaches.
  • adj. Resembling matured fruit, as in fullness.
  • adj. Sufficiently advanced in preparation or aging to be used or eaten: ripe cheese.
  • adj. Thoroughly matured, as by study or experience; seasoned: ripe judgment.
  • adj. Advanced in years: the ripe age of 90.
  • adj. Fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready: "By 1965 the republic was ripe for a coup” ( Alex Shoumatoff).
  • adj. Sufficiently advanced; opportune: The time is ripe for great societal changes.
  • adj. Exhibiting overtones of or references to sex; scatological: "The language on the stage was riper than anything I have heard in a lifetime of newspaper work” ( John Hughes).
  • adj. Emitting a foul odor, especially body odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
  • adj. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
  • adj. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
  • adj. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  • adj. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
  • adj. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
  • adj. Intoxicated.
  • adj. Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
  • adj. Smelly: having a disagreeable odor.
  • n. A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
  • v. To ripen or mature

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc..
  • adj. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow
  • adj. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
  • adj. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  • adj. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
  • adj. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
  • adj. Intoxicated.
  • n. The bank of a river.
  • intransitive v. To ripen; to grow ripe.
  • transitive v. To mature; to ripen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ready for reaping, gathering, or using; brought to completion or perfection; mature: usually said of that which is grown and used for food: as, ripe fruit; ripe corn.
  • Advanced to the state of being fit for use, or in the best condition for use: said of mutton, venison, game, cheese, beer, etc., which has acquired a peculiar and approved flavor by keeping.
  • Resembling ripe fruit in ruddiness, juiciness, or plumpness.
  • Full-grown; developed; finished; having experience, knowledge, or skill; equipped; accomplished; wise; clever: as, a ripe judgment; a ripe old age.
  • Mature; ready for some change or operation, as an ovum for discharge from the ovary, an abscess for lancing, a cataract for extraction, or a fish for spawning.
  • Ready for action or effect: often preceded by a specific word: as, bursting ripe, fighting ripe—that is, ready to burst, or to fight.
  • Synonyms Mature, Ripe. See mature.
  • To ripen; grow ripe; be matured. See ripen.
  • To grow old.
  • To mature; ripen; make ripe.
  • To search (especially, pockets); rummage; hence, to plunder.
  • To poke.
  • To sweep or wipe clean; clean.
  • To examine strictly.
  • To break up (rough ground).
  • n. A bank.
  • n. Same as rip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fully prepared or eager
  • adj. far along in time
  • adj. at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge
  • adj. most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  • adj. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English rīpe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English rīpe, from Proto-Germanic *rīpijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- ‘to snatch’. Cognate with West Frisian ryp ("ripe"), Dutch rijp ("ripe"), German reif ("ripe"). Related to reap. (Wiktionary)

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