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Meaning of RIBALD

Pronunciation:  'ribuld

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language
  2. [adj]  humorously vulgar; "bawdy songs"; "off-color jokes"; "ribald language"

RIBALD is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: bawdy, dirty, off-color
 See Also: vulgarian



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rib"ald\, n./ [OE. ribald, ribaud, F. ribaud, OF.
    ribald, ribault, LL. ribaldus, of German origin; cf. OHG
    hr[=i]pa prostitute. For the ending -ald cf. E. {Herald}.]
    A low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow.
    --Spenser. Pope.
          Ribald was almost a class name in the feudal system . .
          . He was his patron's parasite, bulldog, and tool . . .
          It is not to be wondered at that the word rapidly
          became a synonym for everything ruffianly and brutal.
  2. \Rib"ald\, a.
    Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene.
          The busy day, Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald
          crows.                                   --Shak.