- having arrived at such a stage of growth or development as to be ready for reaping, gathering, eating, or use, as grain or fruit; completely matured.
- resembling such fruit, as in ruddiness and fullness: ripe, red lips.
- advanced to the point of being in the best condition for use, as cheese or beer.
- fully grown or developed, as animals when ready to be killed and used for food.
- arrived at the highest or a high point of development or excellence; mature.
- of mature judgment or knowledge: ripe scholars; a ripe mind.
- characterized by full development of body or mind: of ripe years.
- (of time) advanced: a ripe old age.
- (of ideas, plans, etc.) ready for action, execution, etc.
- (of people) fully prepared or ready to do or undergo something: He was ripe for a change in jobs.
- fully or sufficiently advanced; ready enough; auspicious: The time is ripe for a new foreign policy.
- ready for some operation or process: a ripe abscess.
- Archaic. drunk: reeling ripe.
Origin of ripe
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Examples from the Web for ripe
The time is ripe—and right—for action to begin that would divest Russia of the World Cup and award it to another nation.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
Police sources informed Reforma that both action are considered “high risk” and ripe for “anarchist infiltration.”Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
In 1968, at the ripe age of 14, I was at the Miami convention carrying my Rockefeller sign on the convention floor.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
The Judge is currently set for an October 10 release date, a ripe calendar spot for a potential Oscar run.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick
September 5, 2014
The Bachelor had debuted a year earlier, and audiences were ripe for a show that punctured its saccharine fairy-tale storyline.You Really Don't Want to Watch Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”’
May 20, 2014
The Ficus Platypoda was also found here, loaded with ripe fruit.Explorations in Australia
Young people are ripe for love long before they are ripe for religion.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
It looks as if the Prince were ripe for worse than mischief.The Man Shakespeare
Go into the forest and wait until his message is ripe for you.'The Trail Book
They had often met before, but it had been casually, and the hour had not been ripe.
- (of fruit, grain, etc) mature and ready to be eaten or used; fully developed
- mature enough to be eaten or usedripe cheese
- fully developed in mind or body
- resembling ripe fruit, esp in redness or fullnessa ripe complexion
- (postpositive foll by for) ready or eager (to undertake or undergo an action)
- (postpositive foll by for) suitable; right or opportunethe time is not yet ripe
- mature in judgment or knowledge
- advanced but healthy (esp in the phrase a ripe old age)
- complete; thorough
- excessive; exorbitant
- slang slightly indecent; risqué
Word Origin and History for ripe
Old English ripe "ready for reaping, fit for eating, mature," from West Germanic *ripijaz (cf. Old Saxon ripi, Middle Dutch ripe, Dutch rijp, Old High German rifi, German reif); related to Old English repan "to reap" (see reap). Meaning "ready for some action or effect" is from 1590s. Related: Ripely; ripeness.