Definition of ribaldry in US English:



  • Amusingly coarse or irreverent talk or behavior.

    ‘the buffoonery and ribaldry in Shakespeare's comedies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘O'Riordan is credited with introducing a certain ribaldry to the notoriously humourless world of women's magazines.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While Faust and Mephisto partook of wild ribaldry and pleasurably summoned up wicked spirits with their sorcery, Gretchen was suffering scorn, ridicule, and imprisonment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘There's a lot of ribaldry involved, but every bit of it is true,’ says Arthur.’
    • ‘Some ancient Anglo-Saxon strain in our culture - a gas gene, perhaps - stirs up lame-brained ribaldry whenever the word ‘fart’ is mentioned.’
    • ‘So while North Berwick refracts a little of the capital's prim ambience, Dunoon has something of Glasgow's ribaldry.’
    • ‘To encapsulate his humanitarianism in this immensely accessible ribaldry is a triumph of serious intention within comic means.’
    • ‘Anna is admitted to this strange, all male sexual ribaldry that goes on in the programming department of SII.’
    • ‘The drunkenness, heated arguments and ribaldry of The County Election return in The Verdict of the People, which focuses on the counting of votes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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
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