adjective, rip·er, rip·est.
Origin of ripe
Synonyms for ripe
Examples from the Web for ripest
Historical Examples of ripest
Take the ripest and most juicy free-stone peaches you can procure.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
It is one of the ripest fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown.Pax Vobiscum
Well revel in the strawberry beds, and try which peach is the ripest!The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
"Then I'll pick out the ripest in the basket for you," said Irene, her voice trembling.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
One of the ripest and most all-wool musical comedies I've ever seen.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
- complete; thorough
- excessive; exorbitant
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe
- ripe old age
- time is ripe