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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

ribald

\RIB-uhld; RY-bawld\ , adjective;
1.
Characterized by or given to vulgar humor; coarse.
noun:
1.
A ribald person; a lewd fellow.
Quotes:
Mr. Plummer's Barrymore delights you with his own delight in his silly, ribald jokes (most of which are unprintable here).
-- Ben Brantley, "A Dazzler of a Drunk, Full of Gab and Grief", New York Times, March 26, 1997
The blues took form in the late nineteenth century as a musical synthesis that combined "worksongs, group seculars, field hollers, sacred harmonies, proverbial wisdom, folk philosophy, political commentary, ribald humor and elegiac lament."
-- Constance Valis Hill, Brotherhood in Rhythm
Their contrasting habits and preoccupations are telling and endearing: Piccard, the fussy one, sleeps in pajamas, Jones in the nude. Piccard scribbles homages in his journal to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, while Jones tosses off ribald limericks.
-- Louise Jarvis, "Are We There Yet?", New York Times, November 14, 1999
Origin:
Ribald derives from Old French ribaud, from riber, "to be wanton," from Old High German riban, "to be amorous" (originally, "to rub").
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