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From Old English rīpe (“ripe, mature”), from Proto-Germanic *rīpijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- ‘to snatch’. Cognate with West Frisian ryp (“ripe”), Dutch rijp (“ripe”), German reif (“ripe”). Related to reap.
- Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
- So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop / Into thy mother's lap.
2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- Plant breeding is always a numbers game. […] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, […]. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
- Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
- (figuratively) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
- He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one.
- (archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
- Ready for action or effect; prepared.
- while things were just ripe for a war
- I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies.
1910, Theodore C. Williams, The Aeneid, translation of Aeneis by Virgil, Book IV Chapter 28:
- nor was the doom / of guilty deed, but of a hapless wight / to sudden madness stung, ere ripe to die, / therefore the Queen of Hades had not shorn / the fair tress from her forehead, nor assigned / that soul to Stygian dark.
- Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
- Those happy smilets, / That played on her ripe lip.
- (obsolete) Intoxicated.
- (law) Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
- Smelly: having a disagreeable odor.
- See also Wikisaurus:malodorous
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ripe (plural ripes)
- (agriculture) A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
- To ripen or mature
ripe (plural ripes)
|Inflection of ripe (Kotus type 48/hame, pp-p gradation)|
The word is seldom used in singular.
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- plural of