Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Vulgar, lewdly humorous language or joking or an instance of it.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The qualities or acts of a ribald; licentious or foul language; ribald conversation; obscenity; indecency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The talk of a ribald; low, vulgar language; indecency; obscenity; lewdness; -- now chiefly applied to indecent language, but formerly, as by Chaucer, also to indecent acts or conduct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Joking or humorous language done in a vulgar or lewd fashion.

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

  • noun ribald humor
  • noun behavior or language bordering on indelicacy

Etymologies

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Middle English; From ribald.

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