ribald

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ribald humorously vulgar "bawdy songs","off-color jokes","ribald language"
    • n ribald a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ribald A low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow. "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."
    • a Ribald Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene. "The busy day,
      Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald crows."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ribald A low, base fellow; a profligate; a ruffian; a person of lewd habits: applied particularly to one who is coarse, abusive, or obscene in language.
    • ribald Licentious; profligate; obscene; coarse; abusive or indecent, especially in language; foul-mouthed.
    • ribald Synonyms Gross, coarse, filthy, indecent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ribald rib′ald a loose, low character
    • adj Ribald low, base, mean: licentious: foul-mouthed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ribald, ribaud, F. ribaud, OF. ribald, ribault, LL. ribaldus, of German origin; cf. OHG hrīpa, prostitute. For the ending -ald, cf. E. Herald

Usage

In literature:

Insulted by a lazy ribald With idle pipe and vesture piebald?
"The Children's Garland from the Best Poets" by Various
Some of the women were helping the men mend their clothes or clean their arms, and humming ribald songs.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
That was how we described the most ribald outbursts of the anti-British sentiment.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
I mean, there must be no ribald laughing at the poor wretches.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Drunken men and women sat in every doorway, howling ribald songs and curses.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
The ribald jests continued, to Simon's annoyance, until Fra Tomasso rang his bell.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
This was read aloud, with coarse ribald comments on every sentence, each trying to outdo the previous speaker.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
The British had nothing but sneers at and ribald jokes about the American Navy.
"Harper's Young People, August 10, 1880" by Various
Logan raised his voice to repeat the words and to add a ribald comment.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
That ribald laughter still floated upward as he made his departure, and the Judge was annoyed.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
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In poetry:

"Beauty! all--all--is beauty?"
Was ever a bird so wrong!
"No young in the nest, no mate, no duty?"
Ribald! is this your song?
"To A Singing Warbler" by Cale Young Rice
No more your needed rest at night
By ribald youth is troubled;
No more your windows, fastened tight,
Yield to their knocks redoubled.
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
Amazing Monarch! who at various times,
Posing as Europe's self-appointed saviour,
Afforded copy for our ribald rhymes
By your behaviour;
"Dies Irae " by Sir Owen Seaman
The raindrops patter slowly from the caves;
The fire beneath my half-boiled rice is out;
I hear the rising roar of ribald shout
That brings the evening to Shinkawa Slum.
"Shinkawa" by Toyohiko Kagawa
"Swete Chryste," she cried, "ne let me hear
Their ribald sounds of Yuletide cheere
That mock at mine and me;
Graunt that my sore affliction cease
And give me of the heavenly peace
That comes with thoughts of thee!"
"The Vision Of The Holy Grail" by Eugene Field
Got shicker on occasion, and came home with the milk
(Which also means the whisky) and with fellows of the ilk
Would sing a ribald ditty, and he’d dance upon his hat,
Then curl hard down, and slumber on the goodly William’s mat.
"William And Bill" by Edward Dyson

In news:

In keeping with 19th Century conventions for Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus," Syracuse University Opera Theatre director Eric Johnson staged a frolicsome, ribald, slapstick production in which local, insider humor abounds.
Alas, amusements, ribald or otherwise, are the last things on the mind of star Courteney Cox (who also is an executive producer with husband David Arquette).
Of course, there are fruitcakes that deserve the corny comments, jocular jokes, ribald remarks and tongue-in-cheek tales that circulate this time of year about them.
An evening of ribald humor with Chris Crutcher, Happy Hour at Fleming's.
SEX Some ribald situations and spicy suggestions.
But for some reason, McBrien insists that the King Kong version, characterized by Porter's attorney Robert Montgomery as "a fine, ribald version," was written by Irving Berlin .
At 90, Baltimore Native Millard Kaufman Finally Gets Around to Writing His Ribald First Novel.
Ribald , not 'Rotten.
'Celeste and Jesse' takes a ribald look at love.
But if you had to pick one capital of nostalgia in a city suffused with it, it might be Coney Island—perpetually in decline from a ribald peak that maybe never really existed.
An evening of ribald humor with Chris Crutcher, Happy Hour at Fleming 's.
A ribald antidote to Christmas sentimentality.
The actress who portrayed Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City would like to disavow responsibility for the latest four-ladies-talkin'-in-a-ribald-manner HBO comedy.
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