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Adjective ripe has 5 senses


ripen. [L. ripa.].
     The bank of a river.  [1913 Webster]
ripea. [AS. rīpe; akin to OS. rīpi, D. rijp, G. rief, OHG. rīft; cf. AS. rīp harvest, rīpan to reap. Cf. Reap.].
  •  Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.  [1913 Webster]
    "So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
    Into thy mother's lap.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Ready for action or effect; prepared.  [1913 Webster]
    "While things were just ripe for a war."  [1913 Webster]
    "I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.  [1913 Webster]
    "Those happy smilets,
    That played on her ripe lip.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Intoxicated.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- Mature; complete; finished. See Mature.
ripev. i. [AS. rīpian.].
     To ripen; to grow ripe.  [1913 Webster]
ripev. t. 
     To mature; to ripen.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]


ripe, adj.
1 (of grain, fruit, cheese, etc.) ready to be reaped or picked or eaten.
2 mature; fully developed (ripe in judgement; a ripe beauty).
3 (of a person's age) advanced.
4 (often foll. by for) fit or ready (when the time is ripe; land ripe for development).
5 (of the complexion etc.) red and full like ripe fruit.

ripely adv. ripeness n.
OE ripe f. WG



accomplished, adult, age, aged, all ready, all set, appropriate, apt, archetypical, armed, armed and ready, auspicious, befitting, blase, booted and spurred, briefed, classic, coached, cocked, complete, consummate, convenient, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, dependable, develop, developed, eager, enthusiastic, entire, equipped, exemplary, expedient, experienced, expert, familiarized, favorable, felicitous, finished, fit, fitting, fortunate, full, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, full-scale, fully developed, global, good and ready, groomed, grow, grow up, grown, grown-up, happy, ideal, in arms, in battle array, in full bloom, in readiness, in the saddle, informed, intact, knowing, loaded, loaded for bear, lucky, marriageable, masterful, masterly, maturate, maturated, mature, matured, meet, mellow, mellowed, mobilized, model, not born yesterday, nubile, of age, of marriageable age, old, on the mark, opportune, overdue, perfected, planned, polished, practiced, prearranged, prepared, prepared and ready, prepped, primed, proficient, proper, propitious, provided, providential, psyched up, qualified, quintessential, ready, ready for anything, refined, reliable, right, ripen, ripened, sagacious, sage, seasonable, seasoned, set, solid, sophisticated, sortable, suitable, tempered, timely, total, tried, tried and true, unabbreviated, uncut, undiminished, unexpurgated, up in arms, veteran, vigilant, virtuosic, well-prepared, well-timed, whole, wise, world-wise, worldly, worldly-wise




N preparation, providing, provision, providence, anticipation, precaution, preconcertation, predisposition, forecast, rehearsal, note of preparation, arrangement, clearance, adjustment, tuning, equipment, outfit, accouterment, armament, array, ripening, maturation, evolution, elaboration, concoction, digestion, gestation, batching, incubation, sitting, groundwork, first stone, cradle, stepping-stone, foundation, scaffold, scaffolding, echafaudage, training, inurement, novitiate, cooking, cookery, brewing, culinary art, tilling, plowing sowing, semination, cultivation, preparedness, readiness, ripeness, mellowness, maturity, un impromptu fait a loisir, preparer, trainer, pioneer, trailblazer, avant-courrier, avant-coureur, voortrekker, sappers and miners, pavior, navvy, packer, stevedore, warming pan, preparing, in preparation, in course of preparation, in agitation, in embryo, in hand, in train, afoot, afloat, on foot, on the stocks, on the anvil, under consideration, brewing, batching, forthcoming, brooding, in store for, in reserve, precautionary, provident, preparative, preparatory, provisional, inchoate, under revision, preliminary, prepared, in readiness, ready, ready to one's band, ready made, ready cut and dried: made to one's hand, handy, on the table, in gear, in working order, in working gear, snug, in practice, ripe, mature, mellow, pukka, practiced, labored, elaborate, highly-wrought, smelling of the lamp, worked up, in full feather, in best bib and tucker, in harness, at harness, in the saddle, in arms, in battle array, in war paint, up in arms, armed at all points, armed to the teeth, armed cap a pie, sword in hand, booted and spurred, in utrumque paratus, semper paratus, on the alert, at one's post, in preparation, in anticipation of, against, for, abroach, a bove majori discit arare minor, looking before and after, si vis pacem para bellum.


N completion, accomplishment, achievement, fulfillment, performance, execution, despatch, dispatch, consummation, culmination, finish, conclusion, close, terminus, winding up, finale, denouement, catastrophe, issue, upshot, result, final touch, last touch, crowning touch, finishing touch, finishing stroke, last finish, coup de grace, crowning of the edifice, coping-stone, keystone, missing link, superstructure, ne plus ultra, work done, fait accompli, elaboration, finality, completeness, completing, final, concluding, conclusive, crowning, exhaustive, done, completed, done for, sped, wrought out, highly wrought, thorough, ripe, completely, to crown all, out of hand, the race is run, actum est, finis coronat opus, consummatum est, c'en est fait, it is all over, the game is played out, the bubble has burst, aussitot dit aussitot fait, aut non tentaris aut perfice.


N age, oldness, old age, advanced age, golden years, senility, senescence, years, anility, gray hairs, climacteric, grand climacteric, declining years, decrepitude, hoary age, caducity, superannuation, second childhood, second childishness, dotage, vale of years, decline of life, sear and yellow leaf, threescore years and ten, green old age, ripe age, longevity, time of life, seniority, eldership, elders, firstling, doyen, father, primogeniture, geriatrics, nostology, aged, old, elderly, geriatric, senile, matronly, anile, in years, ripe, mellow, run to seed, declining, waning, past one's prime, gray, gray-headed, hoar, hoary, venerable, time-worn, antiquated, passe, effete, decrepit, superannuated, advanced in life, advanced in years, stricken in years, wrinkled, marked withthe crow's foot, having one foot in the grave, doting, like the last of pea time, older, elder, eldest, senior, firstborn, turned of, years old, of a certain age, no chicken, old as Methuselah, ancestral, patriarchal, gerontic, give me a staff of honor for my age, bis pueri senes, peu de gens savent elre vieux, plenus annis abiit plenus honoribus, old age is creeping on apace, slow-consuming age, the hoary head is a crown of glory, the silver livery of advised age, to grow old gracefully, to vanish in the chinks that Time has made.

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