ribaldry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French ribauderie.

Noun[edit]

ribaldry (plural ribaldries)

  1. Joking or humorous language done in a vulgar or lewd fashion.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Hygeia at the Solito
      His jargon of slang was a continuous joy and surprise to them. His gestures, his strange poses, his frank ribaldry of tongue and principle fascinated them.