[rib-uhld; spelling pronunciation rahy-buhld]
vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
a ribald person.

1200–50; Middle English ribald, ribaud (noun) < Old French ribau(l)d, equivalent to rib(er) to be licentious (< Old High German rīben to copulate, be in heat, literally, rub) + -au(l)d, -alt < Frankish *-wald a suffix in personal names, derivative of *walden to rule; compare parallel development of -ard

ribaldly, adverb

1. indecent, obscene, gross.

1. pure.
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ribald (ˈrɪbəld)
1.  coarse, obscene, or licentious, usually in a humorous or mocking way
2.  a ribald person
[C13: from Old French ribauld, from riber to live licentiously, of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1240, "a rogue, ruffian, rascall, scoundrell, varlet, filthie fellow" [Cotgrave], from O.Fr. ribalt, of uncertain origin, perhaps from riber "be wanton, sleep around," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. riban "be wanton," lit. "to rub," possibly from the common euphemistic use of "rub" words to mean "have
sex"), from P.Gmc. *wribanan, from PIE base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). The adj. is attested from 1500, from the noun. Ribaldry is recorded from c.1300.
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Example sentences
Well, there is little of the ribald humor and catcalls often heard on
  construction sites.
Although it is obliquely ribald now, it is still hilarious.
But it must be reported that the ribald note is less rollicking in this third
  stage of their adventures.
It is simply a ribald wallow in the cheapness of an ugly phase of life.
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