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Word of the Day 04/19/15 Ribald

Ribald (adjective, noun)
ribald [rib-uh ld; spelling pronunciation rahy-buh ld]


adjective
1. vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.

noun
2. a ribald person.

Synonyms
1. indecent, obscene, gross.

Antonyms
1. pure.

Origin: 1200-50; Middle English ribald, ribaud (noun) < Old French ribau (l) d, equivalent to rib (er) to be licentious (< Old High German rīben to copulate, be in heat, literally, rub) + -au (l) d, -alt < Frankish *-wald a suffix in personal names, derivative of *walden to rule; compare parallel development of -ard

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