Definition of ribald adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɪbld//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪbld//
; BrE BrE//ˈraɪbɔːld//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪbɔːld//
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(of language or behaviour) referring to sex in a rude but humorous way a ribald sense of humour ribald comments/jokes/laughter Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun denoting a lowly servant or a licentious or disrespectful person): from Old French ribauld, from riber ‘indulge in licentious pleasures’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘prostitute’.
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