adjective, rip·er, rip·est.
Origin of ripe
Examples from the Web for ripest
Other features are a rose garden, enclosed in the ripest of all the old red walls, and a model farm.Denis Dent|Ernest W. Hornung
All agreed very readily to the plan, and each took pains to select the largest and the ripest of her berries for Maria's basket.Rollo at Play|Jacob Abbott
Furthermore, money-making, money-spreading, and license-breeding America is ripest for loot.Criminal Types|V. M. Masten
Behind the thought was the feeling of the boy who sees the other boy going off with the ripest and rosiest apple.The Ghost Girl|H. De Vere Stacpoole
I let the party get ahead some distance, and then, quietly dismounting, eagerly clutched the finest and ripest I could see.
British Dictionary definitions for ripest
- complete; thorough
- excessive; exorbitant
Word Origin for ripe
Word Origin and History for ripest
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 ripest
In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe
- ripe old age
- time is ripe