ribald

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From Middle English, from Old French ribaud, ribauld (rogue, scoundrel) ( > French ribaud), from riber (to be licentious), from Frankish *rīben (to copulate, be in heat, literally to rub), from Proto-Germanic *wrībaną (to turn, twist), from Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- (to turn, twist) + Old French -auld, from Old Frankish *-wald. Cognate with Old High German rīban (to rub), Dutch wrijven (to rub). Compare also Old High German hrība (prostitute). More at wrap.

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ribald (comparative more ribald, superlative most ribald)

  1. Coarsely, vulgarly, or lewdly amusing; referring to sexual matters in a rude or irreverent way.

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ribald (plural ribalds)

  1. An individual who is filthy or vulgar in nature.

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  1. ^ Originally published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 24, 1888, and later included in Can Such Things Be? and Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories.

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