ribaldry

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From Middle English ribaldrie, from Old French ribaulderie, ribauderie, equivalent to ribald +‎ -ry.

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ribaldry (countable and uncountable, plural ribaldries)

  1. Joking or humorous language or behaviour used 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.
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