V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

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.

Usage Examples:

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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