adjective, rip·er, rip·est.
Origin of ripe
Examples from the Web for riper
That sad, though glorious reversion of our riper and darker years?Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
He loved him all the same, for nothing is stronger than the ties of childhood taken up again at a riper age.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
In the riper period of art the type is softer, and Apollo appears in a form which seeks to combine manhood and eternal youth.
A sad event which happened in 1843 carried the poet in riper years back to these youthful days and that happy family circle.
The more developed simile belongs to a riper and more reflective culture, and is exceedingly rare in this early native product.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2|Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for riper
- complete; thorough
- excessive; exorbitant
Word Origin for ripe
Word Origin and History for riper
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 riper
In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe
- ripe old age
- time is ripe