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Saturday, July 06, 2002

Definitions for ribald

  1. Characterized by or given to vulgar humor; coarse.
  2. A ribald person; a lewd fellow.

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Citations for ribald
Mr. Plummer's Barrymore delights you with his own delight in his silly, ribald jokes (most of which are unprintable here). Ben Brantley, New York Times
The blues took form in the late nineteenth century as a musical synthesis that combined "worksongs, group seculars, field hollers, sacred harmonies, proverbial wisdom, folk philosophy, political commentary, ribald humor and elegiac lament." Constance Valis Hill, Brotherhood in Rhythm
Origin of ribald
Ribald derives from Old French ribaud, from riber, "to be wanton," from Old High German riban, "to be amorous" (originally, "to rub").
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