• Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature
  • Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow
  • Having attained its full development; mature; perfected
  • Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge
  • Ready for action or effect; prepared.
  • Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
  • Intoxicated.
  • 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.


  • A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
  • The bank of a river.



Opposite words


  • From Middle English ripe, rype, from Old English rīpe, from Proto-West Germanic *rīpī, from Proto-Germanic *rīpijaz, *rīpiz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reyb-. Cognate with West Frisian ryp, Dutch rijp, German reif. Related to reap.
  • From Middle English ripe, from Latin ripa.

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