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ribald

[rib-uh ld; spelling pronunciation rahy-buh ld] /ˈrɪb əld; spelling pronunciation ˈraɪ bəld/
adjective
1.
vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
noun
2.
a ribald person.
Origin
1200-1250
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
Related forms
ribaldly, adverb
Synonyms
1. indecent, obscene, gross.
Antonyms
1. pure.
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British Dictionary definitions for ribaldly

ribald

/ˈrɪbəld/
adjective
1.
coarse, obscene, or licentious, usually in a humorous or mocking way
noun
2.
a ribald person
Derived Forms
ribaldly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ribauld, from riber to live licentiously, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for ribaldly

ribald

adj.

c.1500, from ribald, ribaud (n.), mid-13c., "a rogue, ruffian, rascall, scoundrell, varlet, filthie fellow" [Cotgrave], from Old French ribaut, ribalt "rogue, scoundrel, lewd lover," also as an adjective, "wanton, depraved, dissolute, licentious," of uncertain origin, perhaps (with suffix -ald) from riber "be wanton, sleep around, dally amorously," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German riban "be wanton," literally "to rub," possibly from the common euphemistic use of "rub" words to mean "have sex"), from Proto-Germanic *wribanan, from PIE root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).

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