Definition of ribaldry in English:


Line breaks: rib|ald¦ry
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪb(ə)ldri


[mass noun]
Ribald talk or behaviour: the buffoonery and ribaldry in Shakespeare’s comedies
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  • Auntie (a strong Anne Collins) and her nieces (Ailish Tynan and Helen Williams) injected rather too much ribaldry and suggestiveness into the proceedings; surely this community is rather buttoned up and not so free?
  • In his desire to flesh out the documentary bones, Mr Phillips is inclined to make statements such as: ‘Groups of friends conversed; young males sought the attention of young females with varying degrees of ribaldry.’
  • Sure, workplace ribaldry or unwanted sexual advances directed at women may sometimes be motivated by a desire to put women ‘in their place’ - to humiliate them, terrorize them, even force them to quit.
bawdy remarks/jokes/songs, bawdiness, indecency, rudeness, raciness, broadness, earthiness, spiciness, suggestiveness, titillation, impropriety, naughtiness, indelicacy, indecorousness; obscenity, vulgarity, dirt, filth, filthiness, smut, smuttiness, crudeness, salaciousness, coarseness, lewdness, pornography
British informal fruitiness, sauciness

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