a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language
bawdy, off-color, ribald(adj)
"bawdy songs"; "off-color jokes"; "ribald language"
A person who is filthy or vulgar.
Coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous.
a low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow
low; base; mean; filthy; obscene
Origin: [OE. ribald, ribaud, F. ribaud, OF. ribald, ribault, LL. ribaldus, of German origin; cf. OHG hrpa prostitute. For the ending -ald cf. E. Herald.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rib′ald, n. a loose, low character.—adj. low, base, mean: licentious: foul-mouthed—also Rib′aud (Spens.).—adjs. Rib′aldish, Rib′aldrous, ribald.—n. Rib′aldry, obscenity: filthiness: low and vulgar scurrility—also Rib′audry (obs.). [O. Fr. ribald, ribaut (Fr. ribaud, It. ribaldo)—Old High Ger. hrīpā, Mid. High Ger. ribe, a whore.]
The numerical value of ribald in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of ribald in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.
I shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.
Between the years of ninety-two and a hundred and two, however, we shall be the ribald, useless, drunken, outcast person we have always wished to be. We shall have a long white beard and long white hair; we shall not walk at all, but recline in a wheel chair and bellow for alcoholic beverages; in the winter we shall sit before the fire with our feet in a bucket of hot water, a decanter of corn whiskey near at hand, and write ribald songs against organized society; strapped to one arm of our chair will be a forty-five calibre revolver, and we shall shoot out the lights when we want to go to sleep, instead of turning them off; when we want air we shall throw a silver candlestick through the front window and be damned to it; we shall address public meetings in a vein of jocund malice. We shall but we dont wish to make any one envious of the good time that is coming to us We look forward to a disreputable, vigorous, unhonoured, and disorderly old age.
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- colorado, obscenoSpanish
- balourd, dégoûtant, paillard, grossier, sagouin, lourdaud, vulgaire, grivoisFrench
- կոպիտ, զազրախոս, հայհոյախոս, գռեհիկ, անվայելArmenian
- vulgair, grof, lomperik, viezerikDutch
- похабный, непристойный, сквернословRussian
- müstehcen, ağzı bozuk, terbiyesiz, utanmaz, yüzsüzTurkish
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