We are told that the belief in progress is a malady of youth, which experience and the riper mind will dissipate.
The balloon lay close to the ground, looking larger, riper than ever.
It may be that the irreligious and Epicurean quatrains were written in youth, and the Munajat in his riper years.
Neither have they teachers or advisers with whom they can take counsel in riper years.
In these early days he was not fortunate in friends—looking back I see most clearly how much we both wanted a man of riper wisdom.
The peaches were excellent,—would have been better if riper.
I leave this task to others, of riper years, as you were yourself.
His riper years should prove rich in wisdom and imagination.
The laurels that surrounded the brow of his riper years were self-earned, and worthy of emulation.
So, once more, did he oust common-sense with what he imagined a riper wisdom.
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.