Ripe n. The bank of a river. [Obs.]
Ripe a. [Compar. Riper superl. Ripest.]
1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
Into thy mother's lap. --Milton.
2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
3. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate. “Ripe courage.”
He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one. --Shak.
4. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
While things were just ripe for a war. --Addison.
I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies. --Burke.
6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
Those happy smilets,
That played on her ripe lip. --Shak.
7. Intoxicated. [Obs.] “Reeling ripe.”
Syn: -- Mature; complete; finished. See Mature.
Ripe, v. i. To ripen; to grow ripe. [Obs.]
Ripe, v. t. To mature; to ripen. [Obs.]
adj 1: fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used;
"ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines" [syn: mature]
2: fully prepared or eager; "the colonists were ripe for
revolution" [syn: ripe(p)]
3: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good
time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the
time is ripe for great sociological changes" [syn: good,
4: at the highest point of development especially in judgment
or knowledge; "a ripe mind"
5: far along in time; "a man of advanced age"; "advanced in
years"; "a ripe old age"; "the ripe age of 90" [syn: advanced]