adjective, riper, ripest.
having arrived at such a stage of growth or development as to be ready for reaping, gathering, eating, or use, as grain or fruit; completely matured.
resembling such fruit, as in ruddiness and fullness:
ripe, red lips.
advanced to the point of being in the best condition for use, as cheese or beer.
fully grown or developed, as animals when ready to be killed and used for food.
arrived at the highest or a high point of development or excellence; mature.
of mature judgment or knowledge:
ripe scholars; a ripe mind.
characterized by full development of body or mind:
of ripe years.
(of time) advanced:
a ripe old age.
(of ideas, plans, etc.) ready for action, execution, etc.
(of people) fully prepared or ready to do or undergo something:
He was ripe for a change in jobs.
fully or sufficiently advanced; ready enough; auspicious:
The time is ripe for a new foreign policy.
ready for some operation or process:
a ripe abscess.
(of fruit, grain, etc) mature and ready to be eaten or used; fully developed
mature enough to be eaten or used: ripe cheese
fully developed in mind or body
resembling ripe fruit, esp in redness or fullness: a ripe complexion
(postpositive) foll by for. ready or eager (to undertake or undergo an action)
(postpositive) foll by for. suitable; right or opportune: the time is not yet ripe
mature in judgment or knowledge
advanced but healthy (esp in the phrase a ripe old age)
(slang) slightly indecent; risqué
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verb (used with or without object) 1. to make or become ripe. 2. to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature. verb 1. to make or become ripe
noun, Diving. 1. an entry into the water with little splashing.
- Ripe old age
An age advanced in years, as in I expect to live to a ripe old age. The adjective ripe here means “fully developed physically and mentally,” but the current use of the idiom usually just signifies a long lifespan. [ Second half of 1300s ]