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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ralph \Ralph\ (r[a^]lf), n. A name sometimes given to the raven.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, shortened from Radulf, from Old Norse Raðulfr (Old English Rædwulf), literally "wolf-counsel," from rað "counsel" (see read (n.)) + ulfr "wolf" (see wolf (n.)). The Century Dictionary also lists it as English printers' slang for "An alleged or imagined evil spirit who does mischief in a printing house."


vb. (context slang English) To vomit.

Ralph (magazine)

Ralph was a monthly Australian men's magazine that was published by ACP Magazines, a division of PBL Media between August 1997 and July 2010. The format and style of Ralph was similar to other men's magazines, such as Maxim and Loaded.

Ralph (name)

Ralph (pronounced ; or, more traditionally, ) is an English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Scandinavian and German male given name, derived from Old Norse Raðulfr (rað "counsel" + ulfr "wolf") through Old English Rædwulf and the longer form Radulf.

The most common forms are:

  • Ralph, the common variant form in the English language, traditionally pronounced but now commonly , as spelled

Other forms of the name are:

  • Rafe, variant form which is a relatively rare male first name; it is pronounced , the same as the traditional but infrequent English pronunciation of Ralph.
  • Raef, variant form which is a very rare male first name (e.g. Raef Bjayou).
  • Raff, variant form which is a very rare male first name.
  • Raif, variant form which is a very rare male first name.
  • Ralf, the traditional variant form in the Dutch, German and Swedish languages ''(although Ralph is also used as a given name in German and Swedish).
  • Raoul, the traditional variant form in the French language.
  • Raúl, the traditional variant form in the Spanish language.
  • Raul, the traditional variant form in the Portuguese language.
  • Raül, the traditional variant form in the Catalan language.
  • Rádhulbh, the traditional variant form in the Irish language.

Ralph may refer to:

Ralph (Archdeacon of Barnstaple)

Ralph was Archdeacon of Barnstaple until 1143.

Ralph (rat)

Ralph was the first cloned rat. To give birth to Ralph, 129 embryos were implanted into 2 females. One became pregnant and gave birth to three rats; Ralph was the first to be born. Ralph has been cloned for medical purposes requiring genetically identical animals including testing in impact of genetics and the environment in the development of many diseases, as well as to take away and modify genes, as well as to solve a problem with rat physiology. Cloned from an adult cell, Ralph was cloned by researchers from China and France.

Ralph (rabbit)

Ralph is a four-year-old Continental Giant rabbit from Sussex. Weighing in at nearly , he currently holds the record of world's largest bunny by Guinness World Records.

Usage examples of "ralph".

Then grew Ralph shamefaced and turned away from her, and miscalled himself for a fool and a dastard that could not abide the pleasure of his lady at the very place whereto she had let lead him.

Now he thought that he would abide their coming and see if he might join their company, since if he crossed the water he would be on the backward way: and it was but a little while ere the head of them came up over the hill, and were presently going past Ralph, who rose up to look on them, and be seen of them, but they took little heed of him.

Since Bull Shockhead would bury his brother, and lord Ralph would seek the damsel, and whereas there is water anigh, and the sun is well nigh set, let us pitch our tents and abide here till morning, and let night bring counsel unto some of us.

It was now late in the afternoon, and Ralph pondered whether he should abide the night where he was and sleep the night there, or whether he should press on in hope of winning to some clear place before dark.

Now Ralph, he and his, being known for friends, these wild men could not make enough of them, and as it were, compelled them to abide there three days, feasting them, and making them all the cheer they might.

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

So Richard trotted on, and while they abode him, Ralph asked after his brethren, and Blaise told him that he had seen or heard naught of them.

Now this cheaping irked Ralph sorely, as was like to be, whereas, as hath been told, he came from a land where were no thralls, none but vavassors and good yeomen: yet he abode till all was done, hansel paid, and the thralls led off by their new masters.

With this fellowship they came safely and with little pain unto Chestnut Vale, where they abode but one night, though to Ralph and Ursula the place was sweet for the memory of their loving sojourn there.

Thus then they abode a-feasting till the sun was westering and the shadows waxed about them, and then at last Ralph rose up and called to horse, and the other wayfarers arose also, and the horses were led up to them.

The carles looked askance at one another, but straightway opened the gates, and Ralph and his company went forth, and abode the new-comers on a little green mound half a bowshot from the Castle.

Henry le Waleys, the mayor, Gregory de Rokesley, Philip Cissor, or the tailor, Ralph Crepyn, Joce le Acatour, or merchant, and John de Gisors.

They think the sort of acetone that was used to kill Ralph Perrin is sold in photography stores.

Ralph that the almoner was one of those who disapproved of modern knights.

Ralph Bales was thirty-nine, muscular, hairy everywhere but on the head.