ripe´ness

ripe´ness
ripe «ryp», adjective, rip|er, rip|est.
1. full-grown and ready to be gathered and eaten; mature: »

ripe fruit, ripe grain, ripe vegetables.

SYNONYM(S): mellow, matured.
2. resembling ripe fruit in ruddiness and fullness: »

ripe lips.

3. at the peak, as of flavor or bouquet; mellow: »

ripe cheese.

4. fully developed: »

ripe in knowledge, ripe plans. I…saw, beneath his jaunty air, true mettle, and ripe bravery (Richard Blackmore).

SYNONYM(S): mature.
5. ready to break or be lanced: »

a ripe boil.

6. eady; fully prepared: »

ripe for mischief. The country is ripe for revolt.

7. far enough along; sufficiently advanced: »

The hour is ripe to strike.

8. advanced in years: »

the ripe age of 85.

[Old English rīpe]
ripe´ly, adverb.
ripe´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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