• (RP) IPA: /ˈɹɪb.əld/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɹɪb.əld/, /ˈɹaɪ.bɔld/


  1. Coarsely, vulgarly, or lewdly amusing; referring to sexual matters in a rude or irreverent way.
    • 1693, Thomas Urquhart and Peter Anthony Motteux (Trans.), François Rabelais' Gargantua an Pantagruel, The Third Book, Chapter XXVII:
      [L]et no zealous Christian trust the rogue,—the filthy ribald rascal is a liar.
    • 1875, May 15, Anonymous, "Mr. Carl Schurz and the Democratic Party", Harper's Weekly:
      But when he died the "Reform Democracy" instinctively returned to its vomit of ribald insult.
    • 1888, Ambrose Pierce, "A Fruitless Assignment", Can Such Things Be? (Pub. 1893):
      [T]he curious crowd had collected in the street […] , with here and there a scoffer uttering his incredulity and courage with scornful remarks or ribald cries.
    • 1997 Chuck Eddy, The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' roll: A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music (p.22)
      Anyway up against Reba McEntire, '60s-rock-bred big city escapee K.T. Oslin comes off both more ribald ("Younger Men") and prouder of the bras and bridges she used to burn ("'8s Ladies") in her best country hits.
Translations Noun

ribald (plural ribalds)

  1. An individual who is filthy or vulgar in nature.
    • 1483 [1900 edition], William Caxton (Trans.), Jacobus de Voragine, "Life of S. Paul the first Hermit", The Golden Legend:
      After, he made an harlot, a ribald, come to him alone for to touch his members and his body, to move to lechery.
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