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  • On the surface, it was a ribald little tune about a donkey who wanted to be an arcanist.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Fleeing before it was a crowd of blear-eyed, drunken, and diseased wretches, male and female, half naked, ghastly, with painted cheeks, cursing and uttering ribald jests as they drifted along.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • I curled myself on the bed and went to sleep, marveling at the mind that could make such ribald jokes even as it recoiled at the thought of sleeping in the same room with me.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Peeta is at the center of a ribald circle of knife throwers.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • Louie had a snapshot taken of himself grinning under one of the more ribald examples.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The fair girl, with a laugh of ribald coquetry, turned to answer him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • … CHRISTIAN (taking her hands): Now tell me why— Why, by these fearful paths so perilous— Across these ranks of ribald soldiery, You have come?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He that possesses her must keep her within bounds, not permitting her to break out in ribald satires or soulless sonnets.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • 16 LUCIANA He found Luciana sitting alone at a table in the Allied officers’ night club, where the drunken Anzac major who had brought her there had been stupid enough to desert her for the ribald company of some singing comrades at the bar.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He could tell, with apparent sincerity and approval, stories of courage and honor and virtue and love in the odd places he had been, and follow them with ribald stories of coldest cynicism.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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  • He was an old bird, reputed to be fifty years old, and he had lived a ribald life and acquired the vigorous speech of a ship’s fo’c’sle.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • A ribald face, sullen as a dean’s, Buck Mulligan came forward, then blithe in motley, towards the greeting of their smiles.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The fumes of the whiskey and the dense tobacco smoke were sickening to my senses, and my mind was equally nauseated by the coarse jokes and ribald songs around me.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The dread in which their sort was held was apparent in the fact that everybody gave them the road, and took their ribald insolences meekly, without venturing to talk back.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Someone suggested they drink to that, but Pickett reminded one and all soulfully of his oath to Sallie, schoolgirl Sallie, who was half his age, and that brought up a round of ribald kidding that should have insulted Pickett but didn’t.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The naturalists of antiquity made a special study of them, and these animals furnished many ribald figures of speech for soapbox orators in the Greek marketplace, as well as excellent dishes for the tables of rich citizens, if we’re to believe Athenaeus, a Greek physician predating Galen.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Men and women, boys and girls, trotted along beside or after the cart, hooting, shouting profane and ribald remarks, singing snatches of foul song, skipping, dancing—a very holiday of hellions, a sickening sight.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • ’My love,’ said Mr. Micawber, much affected, ’you will forgive, and our old and tried friend Copperfield will, I am sure, forgive, the momentary laceration of a wounded spirit, made sensitive by a recent collision with the Minion of Power — in other words, with a ribald Turncock attached to the water-works — and will pity, not condemn, its excesses.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And the others joining in singing ribald camping and college songs, no one of which Clyde knew, yet in which he tried to join.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It came boring out of the east like some ribald satellite of the coming sun howling and bellowing in the distance and the long light of the headlamp running through the tangled mesquite brakes and creating out of the night the endless fenceline down the dead straight right of way and sucking it back again wire and post mile on mile into the darkness after where the boilersmoke disbanded slowly along the faint new horizon and the sound came lagging and he stood still holding his hat in…
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Was it because the sky was gray? or was the buckle of his old belt of Montlhéry badly fastened, so that it confined his provostal portliness too closely? had he beheld ribald fellows, marching in bands of four, beneath his window, and setting him at defiance, in doublets but no shirts, hats without crowns, with wallet and bottle at their side?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The second point is: I hate ribaldry and ribald talkers.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Bigwig strolled over to Pipkin, muttering a ribald Owsla lampoon.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • It was he who had come in with the remark considered ribald; now he was trying to get out the other way.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Helen, with a smile that was half ribald, half annoyed, about her big mouth, made a face at Luke, and lifted her eyes patiently upward to God as Eliza continued.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • There will doubtless be thousands of ribald failures, but in the world’s history artists have always been drawn where they are welcome and well treated.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Spotted Pate the pig boy was the hero of a thousand ribald stories: a good-hearted, empty-headed lout who always managed to best the fat lordlings, haughty knights, and pompous septons who beset him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • No, the queen only hints …. perhaps on the morrow, or when the wedding’s done …. and then a smile, a whisper, a ribald jest …. a breast brushing lightly against his sleeve as they pass …. and yet it seems to serve.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Later, in the Planky Town, the Dornishmen had toasted Quentyn’s future bride, made ribald japes about his wedding night to come, and talked about the things they’d see, the deeds they’d do, the glory they would win.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Robert’s lusts were the subject of ribald drinking songs throughout the realm, but Stannis was a different sort of man; a bare year younger than the king, yet utterly unlike him, stern, humorless, unforgiving, grim in his sense of duty.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • And again, again, again Sped by guests carousing All the ribald catches burst Right into the bedroom, While one wench, as white as snow, To the calls and whistles Once more did her peahen dance Gliding, with hips swinging, Head tossed high And right hand waving, Dancing fast on cobbles— Just a peahen, peahen!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • *ribald tales *Avise you* now, and put me out of blame; *be warned* And eke men should not make earnest of game*.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • (The name arose from a ribald joke which played on the C.E.T. initials and called the delegates "Cranks-Effing-Turners.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • My Leader drew up to his side, asked him whence he was, and he replied, "I was born in the kingdom of Navarre; my mother placed me in service of a lord, for she had borne me to a ribald, destroyer of himself and of his substance.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Especially ribald talkers!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • I could hear his progress toward the kitchen, marked by shouted congratulations and ribald questions and advice.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The shout came from further down the table, from a tall, brown-bearded man I didn’t recognize, and was greeted with more laughter and ribald remarks.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Only after they had been bundled naked into bed would they be left alone, and even then the guests would stand outside the bridal chamber, shouting ribald suggestions through the door.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The vacant idiot laughter, the ribald enthusiasm with which South Carolina or Georgia countrymen, filling a theatre with the strong smell of clay and sweat, greeted Pearl’s songs, left them unwounded, pleased, eager.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • You heard their ribald laugh as they clutched the moving bag that the Count threw to them.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • For a bribe the jailer had furnished liquor to some of the prisoners; singing of ribald songs, fighting, shouting, and carousing was the natural consequence.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • But "Bessa the Barmaid" won them back with its ribald lyrics.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • There was for him—and with the exception of the speech of one—Nicholson—alone, too much ribald and even brutal talk which he could not appreciate.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Jaime remembered many a feast where Emmon sat poking at his food sullenly whilst his wife made ribald jests with whatever household knight had been seated to her left, their conversations punctuated by loud bursts of laughter.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The daughter of the house, for example, sat on the floor cleaning a .22 rifle, telling a sophisticated and ribald story of how Specklebottom, her stallion, had leaped a five-bar corral gate and visited a mare in the next county.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • At others—what curses—foul or coarse jests—or tales addressed to all—or ribald laughter—or sighings and groanings in these later hours when the straining spirit having struggled to silence, there was supposedly rest for the body and the spirit.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Gotohell!" she said comically, her wrath loosened suddenly by a ribald and exasperated smile.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I was bendin’ over [more ribald remarks]—bendin’ over the manger, I say, muckin’ up husks from the bottom, when I hear a sound behind me, and before I can straighten up, my kilts are tossed up round my waist, and there’s something hard pressed against my arse."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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