Definition of ribaldry in English:



  • [mass noun] Ribald talk or behaviour:

    ‘the buffoonery and ribaldry in Shakespeare's comedies’
    • ‘Men with implausible whiskers and killer breath traded ribaldry and cursed the niggardliness of non-buyers, while women doled out penny dainties to raggedy kids and cackled about their menfolk's amorous shortcomings.’
    • ‘‘There's a lot of ribaldry involved, but every bit of it is true,’ says Arthur.’
    • ‘In his desire to flesh out the documentary bones, Mr Phillips is inclined to make statements such as: ‘Groups of friends conversed; young males sought the attention of young females with varying degrees of ribaldry.’’
    • ‘Remarriage for widowed individuals beyond childbearing age was traditionally greeted with community ribaldry, since a sexual relationship was being entered into without the end of family-building.’
    • ‘In the adopted city of the bawdy pun master Pietro Aretino, one of Sansovino's close friends, such ribaldry, even in so august a location, should come as no surprise.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, for all his sex farce foolishness and ridiculous ribaldry, Benny Hill knew what was funny.’
    • ‘In Caravaggio's supremely moving work, Ecce Homo (Palazzo Bianco, Genoa), Christ, drooping over His corded hands, submits to cruel ribaldry.’
    • ‘Anna is admitted to this strange, all male sexual ribaldry that goes on in the programming department of SII.’
    • ‘To encapsulate his humanitarianism in this immensely accessible ribaldry is a triumph of serious intention within comic means.’
    • ‘McCall Smith's feelings towards his characters - whether they be contempt, pity, affection, sympathy or admiration - are written with light-hearted, teasing humour, and moments of ribaldry.’
    • ‘Sure, workplace ribaldry or unwanted sexual advances directed at women may sometimes be motivated by a desire to put women ‘in their place’ - to humiliate them, terrorize them, even force them to quit.’
    • ‘But for the most part, the second half of All the World's a Stage put aside serious concerns in favor of laughter and ribaldry, and showcased the intelligence and heart of Shakespeare Behind Bars veteran Jerry Guenthner.’
    • ‘Auntie (a strong Anne Collins) and her nieces (Ailish Tynan and Helen Williams) injected rather too much ribaldry and suggestiveness into the proceedings; surely this community is rather buttoned up and not so free?’
    • ‘While Faust and Mephisto partook of wild ribaldry and pleasurably summoned up wicked spirits with their sorcery, Gretchen was suffering scorn, ridicule, and imprisonment.’
    • ‘Some ancient Anglo-Saxon strain in our culture - a gas gene, perhaps - stirs up lame-brained ribaldry whenever the word ‘fart’ is mentioned.’
    • ‘The drunkenness, heated arguments and ribaldry of The County Election return in The Verdict of the People, which focuses on the counting of votes.’
    • ‘So while North Berwick refracts a little of the capital's prim ambience, Dunoon has something of Glasgow's ribaldry.’
    • ‘O'Riordan is credited with introducing a certain ribaldry to the notoriously humourless world of women's magazines.’
    • ‘Neither he nor any of his staff - Italians from every area of the country - had ever seen anything like it, but after much lewd ribaldry we sliced a small piece off the end.’
    bawdy jokes, bawdy remarks, bawdy songs, bawdiness, indecency, rudeness, raciness, broadness, earthiness, spiciness, suggestiveness, titillation, impropriety, naughtiness, indelicacy, indecorousness
    obscenity, vulgarity, dirt, filth, filthiness, smut, smuttiness, crudeness, salaciousness, coarseness, lewdness, pornography
    blueness, raunchiness
    fruitiness, sauciness
    bawdry, salacity
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