Ribald

Definition of Ribald

Rib´ald
n.1.A low, vulgar, brutal, foul-mouthed wretch; a lewd fellow.
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.
a.1.Low; base; mean; filthy; obscene.
The busy day,
Waked by the lark, hath roused the ribald crows.
- Shak.

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