Definition of ribald in English:

ribald

Pronunciation /ˈrɪb(ə)ld//ˈrʌɪbɔːld/

adjective

  • Referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way.

    ‘a ribald comment’
    • ‘Lincoln was very fond of witty, and quite often ribald, stories, a great many of them having anal references.’
    • ‘In a word, it was a most pleasant evening, enlivened with ribald laughter from a group of geriatric golfers!’
    • ‘The material is frequently ribald, often racy, and always laced with profanity.’
    • ‘When is a bawdy, ribald tale of a wanton wench and her very naughty sexual adventures as boring as a trip to the Field Museum to watch dinosaur bones fossilize?’
    • ‘Most of the women meet their increasingly gruesome fate in the first half; the second act concentrates on Verna, Jordan's final prey, with the victims acting as a ghostly, often ribald chorus.’
    • ‘Not so much among the Catholic faithful and people favorably disposed to the Church, but among the general public the positions and pronouncements of bishops will for years to come be met with ribald comments about clerics and little boys.’
    • ‘How then do you manage to write such ribald stuff?’
    • ‘You want to put an end to ribald remarks from colleagues at work who put you in charge of the ‘Suggestion Shoebox’!’
    • ‘Stories rich in erotic or scatological suggestion can elicit ribald laughter as well.’
    • ‘It also gained the distinction of being banned in America - presumably because of all those obscene, ribald, raunchy bits about marriage being a partnership of equals.’
    • ‘Sternheim's play is ribald, satirical, self referential, and quirky.’
    • ‘Some of the poetry, written between 1220 and 1250, was blatantly ribald and sensual.’
    • ‘Three teenage girls fell about laughing and started shrieking ribald comments.’
    • ‘And in attempting to mimic the Greek life as much as possible, some deliciously ribald elements have been included.’
    • ‘Not all great Jamaican music is serious, and this infectious 70s hit is ribald reggae at its finest.’
    • ‘Attempting to capture the saucy spirit of the movies and genre on which the series was based, and even featuring several of the frisky familiar faces from the films, one would anticipate a risqué, ribald offering.’
    • ‘His work, like the man himself, is ribald, often obscene, but never vulgar.’
    • ‘One can understand how Pepi achieved cult status in post-Franco Madrid, but it would have been difficult to predict that this ribald production would launch the career that would save the moribund Spanish film industry.’
    • ‘As the title suggests, it's mostly Lynch's movie - the earthy, ribald Nora provides the epicentre for the story, the focus of Joyce's passion and jealousy.’
    • ‘My questions to other flying crew members brought ribald responses and suggestions of a quite unhelpful nature.’
    bawdy, indecent, risqué, rude, racy, broad, earthy, rabelaisian, spicy, suggestive, titillating, Improper, naughty, indelicate, indecorous, off colour, locker-room
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Origin

Middle English (as a noun denoting a lowly retainer or a licentious or irreverent person): from Old French ribauld, from riber ‘indulge in licentious pleasures’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘prostitute’.

Pronunciation

ribald

/ˈrɪb(ə)ld//ˈrʌɪbɔːld/