What does ribald mean?

Definitions for ribaldˈrɪb əld; spelling pron. ˈraɪ bəld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ribald.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ribald(adj)

    a ribald person; someone who uses vulgar and offensive language

  2. bawdy, off-color, ribald(adj)

    humorously vulgar

    "bawdy songs"; "off-color jokes"; "ribald language"


  1. ribald(Noun)

    A person who is filthy or vulgar.

  2. ribald(Adjective)

    Coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ribald

    a low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow

  2. Ribald(adj)

    low; base; mean; filthy; obscene

  3. 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

  1. Ribald

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ribald in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ribald in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman:

    Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.

  2. James Joyce:

    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.

  3. Don Marquis:

    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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