See also: ralph

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English Radulf, from Old English Rǣdwulf (also as Raulf), from Proto-West Germanic *Rādawulf, from Proto-Germanic *Rēdawulfaz. Reinforced by similar forms brought to England, e.g. Old Norse Ráðúlfr, then in the Norman form Old French Radulf, Radulph. For the sense relating to vomiting, see ralph.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɹælf/
    • Rhymes: -ælf
    • (file)
  • (older UK) IPA(key): /ɹeɪf/

Proper nounEdit

Ralph

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
      There were none fine but Adam, Ralph, and Gregory: / The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly
    • 1998 The Spectator, 7 March 1998, page 55 ("Dear Mary..."):
      Regarding the correct pronunciation, especially of the name Ralph: according to a friend at the BBC, the possibilities of this name - either aristocratic 'Rafe' or vulgar, almost Australasian 'Ralff' - lie in its potential for wilful mispronunciation against type. I saw him cast confusion into an over-confident studio guest by introducing him as 'Sir Rafe Halpern'. This was nothing to the consternation, almost disintegration of the personality, of the artistic, aloof actor brought on as 'Rolf Fiennes' ('Fiennes', naturally, pronounced superbly).
  2. A surname originating as a patronymic.
  3. (slang) Fictional person used in references to vomiting.
    He's outside calling Ralph [i.e. vomiting].

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Ralph

  1. a male given name from English, a less common variant of Ralf