adjective, rip·er, rip·est.
Origin of ripe
Examples from the Web for ripe
The time is ripe—and right—for action to begin that would divest Russia of the World Cup and award it to another nation.
Police sources informed Reforma that both action are considered “high risk” and ripe for “anarchist infiltration.”
In 1968, at the ripe age of 14, I was at the Miami convention carrying my Rockefeller sign on the convention floor.
The Judge is currently set for an October 10 release date, a ripe calendar spot for a potential Oscar run.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick|Alex Suskind|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Bachelor had debuted a year earlier, and audiences were ripe for a show that punctured its saccharine fairy-tale storyline.You Really Don't Want to Watch Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”’|Jason Lynch|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wagonloads of ripe Jersey tomatoes making their way to the soup factory are a jocund sight across the river just now.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
The pollen was all ready to drop, and by this he knew it was ripe.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
And again the ripe beauty of the garden was bathed in solemn silence.Foma Gordyeff|Maxim Gorky
Some were blooming, others had only begun to form fruit-buds, while some were loaded with ripe clusters ready for the wine-press.
Marriage is not that sort of thing, it's not like ripe raspberries that drop off if not picked in time.The Power of Darkness|Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for ripe
- complete; thorough
- excessive; exorbitant
Word Origin for ripe
Word Origin and History for ripe
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ripe
In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe
- ripe old age
- time is ripe