ripe
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ɹaɪp/, /ɹaːɪp/
Adjective

ripe (comparative riper, superlative ripest)

  1. (of fruits, vegetables, seeds etc.) Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature
    ripe grain
    ripe apples
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop / Into thy mother's lap.
  2. (of foods) Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow
    ripe cheese
    ripe wine
  3. (figuratively) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected
    Synonyms: consummate
    • 1895, Henry James, The Altar of the Dead
      She was a feature of that piety, but even at the ripe stage of acquaintance in which they occasionally arranged to meet at a concert or to go together to an exhibition she was not a feature of anything else.
  4. (archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
    • 1988, Queensrÿche, Revolution Calling
      But the time is ripe for changes. There's a growing feeling. That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      while things were just ripe for a war
    • I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies.
  6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Those happy smilets, / That played on her ripe lip.
  7. (obsolete) Intoxicated.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,
      Alonso: And Trinculo is reeling-ripe: where should they / Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? / How cam'st thou in this pickle?
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:drunk
  8. (law) Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
  9. Smelly: having a disagreeable odor.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:malodorous
Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

ripe (plural ripes)

  1. (agriculture) A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
Verb

ripe (ripes, present participle riping; past and past participle riped)

  1. To ripen or mature
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 8
      [...] he [Antonio] answer'd, "Do not so;
      Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio,
      But stay the very riping of the time;
Translations Noun

ripe (plural ripes)

  1. The bank of a river.
Related terms Verb

ripe (ripes, present participle riping; past and past participle riped)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To search; to rummage.
Related terms


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