ribaldry

[rib-uh l-dree; spelling pronunciation rahy-buh l-dree]
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Origin of ribaldry

1300–50; Middle English ribaudrie < Old French. See ribald, -ry
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ribaldry

noun
  1. ribald language or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for ribaldry
n.

early 14c., from Old French ribauderie "debauchery, licentiousness," from ribalt (see ribald).

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