- 1(Of fruit or grain) developed to the point of readiness for harvesting and eating: a ripe tomatoMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a cheese or wine) fully matured: a ripe BrieMore example sentences
- 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 wineMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Having arrived at the fitting stage or time for a particular action or purpose): land ripe for development they felt that the time was ripe for a new approachMore example sentences
- The time is ripe for a new focus on winning a share of the shopper that will have a shelf life well beyond the cold, hard realities of an economic slowdown.
- The time was ripe for change, hence the creation of the Academy in 1980.
- He felt his stomach growling, and decided the time was ripe for some food.
- 2.1 (ripe with) Full of: a population ripe with discontentMore example sentences
- George's poetry is ripe with sexual symbolism.
- And most importantly, they are ripe with greed.
- But the future is ripe with possibilities, like live television or an entire network with programming made especially for your cell phone.
- 3 [attributive] (Of a person’s age) advanced: she lived to a ripe old ageMore example sentences
advanced, hoary, venerable, old
- 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.
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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.