ripe

[ rahyp ]
/ raɪp /
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adjective, rip·er, rip·est.

Origin of ripe

before 900; Middle English; Old English rīpe; cognate with Dutch rijp, German reif; akin to Old English ripan to reap
SYNONYMS FOR ripe
1 grown, aged. Ripe, mature, mellow refer to that which is no longer in an incomplete stage of development. Ripe implies completed growth beyond which the processes of decay begin: a ripe banana. Mature means fully grown and developed as used of living organisms: a mature animal; a mature tree. Mellow denotes complete absence of sharpness or asperity, with sweetness and richness such as characterize ripeness or age: mellow fruit; mellow flavor.
Related formsripe·ly, adverbripe·ness, nounhalf-ripe, adjective
Can be confusedrife ripe (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for riper

ripe

/ (raɪp) /

adjective

Derived Formsripely, adverbripeness, noun

Word Origin for ripe

Old English rīpe; related to Old Saxon rīpi, Old High German rīfi, German reif
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Word Origin and History for riper

ripe


adj.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with riper

ripe


In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe

  • ripe old age

also see:

  • time is ripe
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