Origin of ribald
Examples from the Web for ribald
He is the master of ribald repartee; he could be cutting without being catty.'The Village Voice' Was Crazy to Fire Him: 5 Reasons Why Michael Musto Matters|Tricia Romano|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At ABC, their ribald cop show, The Job, was jerked around the schedule before finally being canceled in 2002 after two seasons.
And at the trail's end the unkempt, ribald crew swarmed their dark and dirty camp as a band of pirates a galleon.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White
But their responses are not always well timed, and the notes of the jackdaw sound uncommonly like the scoffings of the ribald.The Hardy Country|Charles G. Harper
That ribald laughter still floated upward as he made his departure, and the Judge was annoyed.Mixed Faces|Roy Norton
Up the trail on horseback, with shouts and ribald songs, rode four rough men, too drunk to know where they were going.The Girl from Montana|Grace Livingston Hill
He looked at his cousin, and his ribald eyes coasted back to bold scrutiny of this young woman's charming, buoyant youth.Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West|William MacLeod Raine
Word Origin for ribald
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).