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ribald

adjective uk   /ˈrɪb.əld/ /ˈraɪ.bəld/ us    /ˈraɪ.bɔːld/ old-fashioned
Ribald language refers to sex in a rude but humorous way: He entertained us with ribald stories.
Translations of “ribald”
in Chinese (Traditional) (指言語)粗俗詼諧的, 猥褻逗笑的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (指言语)粗俗诙谐的, 猥亵逗笑的…
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