ribaldly

ribald

[rib-uhld; spelling pronunciation rahy-buhld]
adjective
1.
vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
noun
2.
a ribald person.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
1.  coarse, obscene, or licentious, usually in a humorous or mocking way
 
n
2.  a ribald person
 
[C13: from Old French ribauld, from riber to live licentiously, of Germanic origin]
 
'ribaldly
 
adv

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ribald
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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