- An example of ripe is a soft avocado.
- An example of ripe is a cheese that has obtained its final flavor and texture.
- An example of ripe is being fully prepared for something such as to be ripe for a vacation.
- fully grown or developed; specif., ready to be harvested and used for food, as grain or fruit
- like ripe fruit, as in being ruddy and full: ripe lips
- sufficiently advanced, as by being kept in storage or subjected to treatment, to be ready for use: ripe wine, ripe cheese
- fully or highly developed by study, experience, etc.; mature as in judgment, knowledge, etc.: ripe wisdom
- characterized by full physical or mental development: a person of ripe years
- advanced in years: the ripe age of ninety
- ready to do, receive, or undergo something; fully prepared: ripe for marriage
- ready for some operation, treatment, or process: a boil ripe for lancing
- sufficiently advanced; far enough along (for some purpose): said of time
- having a strong, unpleasant smell
Origin of ripeOE, akin to reap
- Fully developed; mature: ripe peaches.
- Sufficiently advanced in preparation or aging to be used or eaten: ripe cheese.
- Thoroughly matured, as by study or experience; seasoned: ripe judgment.
- Advanced in years: the ripe age of 90.
- Fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready: “By 1965 the republic was ripe for a coup” ( Alex Shoumatoff )
- Sufficiently advanced; opportune: The time is ripe for great societal changes.
- Sensuous and full: ripe lips.
- Coarse or indecent; vulgar: the comic's ripe language.
- Emitting a foul odor: “the dirt and stench … the mountains of ripe bushmeat in every camp” ( Bryan Mealer )
Origin of ripeMiddle English from Old English rīpe
(comparative riper, superlative ripest)
- Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
- Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
- (figuratively) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
- (archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
- Ready for action or effect; prepared.
- Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
- (law) Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
- Smelly: having a disagreeable odor.
- (agriculture) A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
(third-person singular simple present ripes, present participle riping, simple past and past participle riped)
From Old English rÄ«pe, from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«pijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚rep- "˜to snatch'. Cognate with West Frisian ryp (“ripe"), Dutch rijp (“ripe"), German reif (“ripe"). Related to reap.
ripe - Computer Definition
Stands for RÃ©seaux IP EuropÃ©ens and is one of the five regional bodies that administer the IP Address space. RIPE is set up as a collaboration between the European operators of IP networks.