- ribald character, as of language; scurrility.
- ribald speech.
Origin of ribaldry
Related Words for ribaldryindecency, impropriety, vulgarity, abomination, scatology, prurience, pornography, offense, dirtiness, curse, filth, impurity, swearword, blight, filthiness, dirt, smut, evil, outrage, wrong
Examples from the Web for ribaldry
Historical Examples of ribaldry
These were silent or even made some efforts to restrain the ribaldry of their men.The Lion's Brood
But he seemed to take little interest in the ribaldry of the other fellows.Prairie Folks
Then the lawyer tried to explain to him that no one read the ribaldry.Miss Mackenzie
It is certainly true, that every sort of ribaldry and obscenity are encouraged on the Chinese stage at the present day.
That is an age which moves youth either to ribaldry or to compassion.The Garden of Swords
- ribald language or behaviour
early 14c., from Old French ribauderie "debauchery, licentiousness," from ribalt (see ribald).