Definition of ripe in English:


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Pronunciation: /rʌɪp


  • 1(Of fruit or grain) developed to the point of readiness for harvesting and eating: a ripe tomato
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    • Outside in the back garden, he could see Mrs Galloway, who was their cook, picking ripe fruit from the strawberry patches nearby the greenhouse, collecting them in her apron.
    • I proceeded to pick the ripe fruits and vegetables.
    • The vendors took great pride in displaying and selling their wares; the ripe fruits adding colour and the voices of vendors adding din to the already noisy bazaar.
    mature, ripened, fully developed, full grown, ready to eat, soft, lush, juicy, tender; luscious, sweet, full-flavoured, mellow
  • 1.1(Of a cheese or wine) fully matured: a ripe Brie
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    • I give them each some of my real buttermilk, soured just right, or a chunk of my ripe cheese.
    • A generation of consumers accustomed to ripe, sweeter fleshy wines from the new world will be astonished at the sheer opulence of these wines.
    • This is a gorgeous, perfectly ripe and totally consistent Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • 1.2(Of a smell or flavour) rich, intense, or pungent: rich, ripe flavours emanate from this wine
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    • The two riders hauled their animals to a halt at the very edge of the riverbed, smelling the carnage before they saw it: a ripe stench hanging on the breeze.
  • 3 [attributive] (Of a person’s age) advanced: she lived to a ripe old age
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    • At the ripe age of 43 and after [more than] 17 years at the same job, I have no financial security; I live paycheck to paycheck.
    • He was small and gangly for the ripe age of sixteen, unlike Christopher, who was two-years his senior and certainly looked the role of a strong handsome young man.
    • At the ripe age of 39, this exuberant Brazilian choreographer has rapidly become a major player in the cultural landscape of her native country.
    advanced, hoary, venerable, old
  • 4(Of a female fish or insect) ready to lay eggs or spawn: ripe females will stop and spawn with one or more males
  • 5 informal (Of a person’s language) beyond the bounds of propriety; coarse: I think my language may have been a little ripe outside the church



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  • Positive, ripely flavoured, with a hint of wax and a long, sustained, dry aftertaste makes this the perfect wine for those who like grace at their table.
  • They edited her writings and touched up her image to fit the ripely emotional world of 19 th-century piety.


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  • We grow only the best-tasting varieties and we pick and sell them at the perfect ripeness or maturity.
  • A mango in Thailand isn't just a mango - there are many varieties, which mature at different times of year, so there is always some variety at its peak of ripeness.
  • The skill of the winemaker in these circumstances is to blend all the different regions, vineyards and levels of ripeness into a house style.


Old English rīpe, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijp and German reif.

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