V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (adj.) describes language that is humorously vulgar and sexual; (n.) a person who uses language that is humorously vulgar and sexual
Synonyms: (adj.) rude, crude, lewd, profane, dirty, filthy, indecent, vulgar, racy, suggestive
Antonyms: proper, wholesome
Tips: Ribald is derived from the Old French riber, which means "sleep around or be wanton." Ribald describes language that is coarse or vulgar, but usually in a humorous way.
She didn't like the movie because it was full of really bad, ribald jokes. (lewd, vulgar) adjective
The ribald made everyone at the dinner party feel uncomfortable with lewd comments about the hostess. (vulgar man) noun
Her ribald sense of humor was not appreciated at the children's party. (indecent, dirty) adjective
My best friend's bachelorette party turned out to be a ribald affair complete with male strippers and adult toys. (racy, naughty) adjective
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