ribaldry

[ rib-uh l-dree; spelling pronunciation rahy-buh l-dree ]
/ ˈrɪb əl dri; spelling pronunciation ˈraɪ bəl dri /

noun

ribald character, as of language; scurrility.
ribald speech.

Nearby words

  1. rib-knit,
  2. rib-tickler,
  3. rib-tickling,
  4. riba,
  5. ribald,
  6. riband,
  7. ribat,
  8. ribavirin,
  9. ribband,
  10. ribbed

Origin of ribaldry

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ribaldry

ribaldry

/ (ˈrɪbəldrɪ) /

noun

ribald language or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for ribaldry

ribaldry

n.

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

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