Rib"ald (?), n./ [OE. ribald, ribaud, F. ribaud, OF. ribald, ribault, LL. ribaldus, of German origin; cf. OHG hripa prostitute. For the ending -ald cf. E. Herald.]

A low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow.

Spenser. Pope.

Ribald was almost a class name in the feudal system . . . He was his patron's parasite, bulldog, and tool . . . It is not to be wondered at that the word rapidly became a synonym for everything ruffianly and brutal. Earle.


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Rib"ald, a.

Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene.

The busy day, Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald crows. Shak.


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