Ribaldry Rib"ald*ry, n. [OE. ribaldrie, ribaudrie, OF. ribalderie, ribauderie.] The talk of a ribald; low, vulgar language; indecency; obscenity; lewdness; -- now chiefly applied to indecent language, but formerly, as by Chaucer, also to indecent acts or conduct. [1913 Webster]

The ribaldry of his conversation moved ?stonishment even in that age. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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