At ABC, their ribald cop show, The Job, was jerked around the schedule before finally being canceled in 2002 after two seasons.
He is the master of ribald repartee; he could be cutting without being catty.
He had little doubt as to what sort of a ribald reception awaited him there.
Not a few of the fabliaux are cynically gross—ribald but not voluptuous.
For other ribald stories about nuns see Note J, below, p. 624.
“Smithson, this is no matter for ribald jest,” said the lieutenant, sharply.
So ran the talk—rough and ribald—upon that delicate theme—woman.
I mean, there must be no ribald laughing at the poor wretches.
All his life Alexander had been the victim of the most ribald calumnies.
Some foolish fancy had made the ribald Gaëtano turn a Mason.
c.1500, from ribald, ribaud (n.), mid-13c., "a rogue, ruffian, rascall, scoundrell, varlet, filthie fellow" [Cotgrave], from Old French ribaut, ribalt "rogue, scoundrel, lewd lover," also as an adjective, "wanton, depraved, dissolute, licentious," of uncertain origin, perhaps (with suffix -ald) from riber "be wanton, sleep around, dally amorously," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German riban "be wanton," literally "to rub," possibly from the common euphemistic use of "rub" words to mean "have sex"), from Proto-Germanic *wribanan, from PIE root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).