An off-color and irreverent comment about sex is an example of something that would be described as a ribald comment.
Origin of ribaldMiddle English ribaude ; from Old French ribaud, debauchee ; from riber, to be wanton ; from Old High German riban, to copulate, literally , to rub ; from Indo-European an unverified form wreip-, to twist from source Classical Greek rhip?, a throw, rush, storm
Origin of ribaldFrom Middle English ribaud, ribald person, from Old French, from riber, to be wanton, from Middle High German r&imacron;ban, to rub, be in heat, copulate, from Old High German; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ribald, superlative most ribald)
- An individual who is filthy or vulgar in nature.
From Middle English, from Old French ribaud, ribauld (“rogue, scoundrel") (> French ribaud), from riber (“to be licentious"), from Frankish *rÄ«ben (“to copulate, be in heat", literally “to rub"), from Proto-Germanic *wrÄ«banÄ… (“to turn, twist"), from Proto-Indo-European *werp-, *werb- (“to turn, twist") + Old French -auld, from Old Frankish *-wald. Cognate with Old High German rÄ«ban (“to rub"), Dutch wrijven (“to rub"). Compare also Old High German hrÄ«ba (“prostitute"). More at wrap.